Paknews.com: Pak Govt May Choose Linux as Platform Instead of Windows
Sep 06, 2002, 14:30 (26 Talkback[s])
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"While the government continues to engage Microsoft Corporation
in dialogue to seek exceptional discounts for making its software
as platform for official operating systems, a recent notification
suggest that the stage is being set to adopt Linux instead.
"'Linux is going to be the cornerstone of this initiative, as it
is world over the Open Source movement,' said the official
correspondence confirming its decision to replace the pirated
Windows-based systems already in use in the government offices.
"On the other hand, the government has sought huge discounts
from Microsoft Corporation for adopting its software as platform of
choice for the official machinery. The PC-1 for the project has not
been approved so far, PNS has learnt on authority. Well-placed
official sources told PNS, 'The Microsoft Corporation has already
offered over 90 per cent discount to the government but we want to
press for more cuts in prices...'