"New Zealand's addiction to expensive packaged code
means it is missing one of the most important developments in the
knowledge economy, the rise of open source software.
That's the view of Chris Hegan, general manager of Auckland
Linux specialist Asterisk.
"This country is missing the Linux boat," Mr Hegan said.
"Why, when more servers were deployed worldwide last year with
the free Linux operating system than with Microsoft operating
systems, is less than 2 per cent of New Zealand's installed base
using Linux? Has the rest of the world got it so wrong?"