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ZDNet Australia: Investigating Open Source

Mar 09, 2004, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Mandla)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"At a debate on the future of Australia's ICT industry, during a fringe event to the recent ALP Conference in Sydney, NSW Minister for Commerce John Della Bosca surprised the delegates with his comments that his government was examining open source software (OSS) alternatives and would consider moving away from proprietary software lock-ins.

"He admitted that his government had been 'dumb buyers of IT for a long time' and wanted to become better buyers, users, and sellers of information and IT.

"In my view--and I said so at the event--our governments at all levels should be looking at all alternatives and considering OSS options as they have the potential to create local ICT jobs and reduce the ICT trade deficit of $14.4 billion..."

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