Australian IT: Two on Open Source in Australian Government
Feb 23, 2004, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Riley, Simon Hayes)
Tax to Open Up Software Policy
"The Australian Tax Office will adopt an open-source software
policy for the first time, opening its Microsoft-dominated standard
operating environment (SOE) to products such as Linux.
"ATO second commissioner Greg Farr said an internal review of
open-source software--done in conjunction with the Gartner
Group--concluded that the agency should evaluate and use
open-source software where appropriate..."
"THE ACT's parliamentarians were working late one night in
December when they passed a Bill that has shaken the world's
biggest software vendor and fundamentally changed the way
governments around the country buy technology.
"The decision by the territory's tiny parliament--sometimes
unkindly compared with a local council--to pass Democrats MLA
Roslyn Dundas's Government Procurement (Principles) Guideline
Amendment Bill took proprietary software vendors by surprise,
despite executives knowing the party had been courting the
open-source community for several months.
"The Democrats--famously open in the way they develop policy and
operate their party--had fallen in a big way for the open-source
software philosophy and its promise of community co-operation in