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Mass High Tech: Great Wide Open (Source)

Mar 11, 2003, 17:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Dinan)

"'Microsoft bigots' is how Scott Akers describes users and administrators who won't consider so-called solutions outside the Microsoft realm.

"'For them, it's 100 percent Microsoft and that's the end of the discussion,' said the chief administrator of technical support for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, a government entity with 3,500 users. 'I feel like there should be an alternative to Microsoft. My intent is to make it free, and it's looking extremely promising.'

"To that end, Akers is advocating a DOR switch to open source/Linux, and he speaks of the possibility with the fervor of an activist. Charged with the technical direction of DOR, he talks about 'altruistic decisions that have to be made' and the fiscal need to 'embrace the open source solution...'"

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