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ZDNet Australia: Australian Govt 'Safe List' snubs Microsoft

Dec 24, 2002, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's products have been left off a list compiled by the Defence Signals Directorate that aims to evaluate and advise whether software is appropriate for use by Australian Government agencies...

"The DSD said one reason why some products aren't on the list is the high cost that can be incurred by developers attempting to have their product listed. This certainly has a deterring effect on the proponents of open source software, who are trying to convince all levels of government to convert to open source.

"'We're very keen on seeing local [Australian] government look more seriously at adopting open source technology, but people said it's not on the evaluated product list by the DSD,' Con Zymaris, CEO of Cybersource told ZDNet Australia. He said the only way to get an open source system such as Linux on the EPL was to have a large corporation decide it would be beneficial for them if the government used Linux and therefore funded the research..."

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