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Computerworld.NZ: Government Talks to MS about Source Code Offer

Feb 14, 2003, 03:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrea Malcolm)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The New Zealand government has started discussions with Microsoft about gaining access to the source code of its Windows products as part of a new programme aimed at easing country-level concerns about the software's security...

"Unlike open source software, however, governments don't gain the ability to alter Microsoft's source code.

"The move is seen by some as an attempt to mitigate the interest being shown in Linux and open source software by governments around the world. Giving central governments access to source code may help quell the debate over whether open source code has a security advantage over closed code..."

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