The Age: Critics Draw Linux in the Sand over Microsoft

“Australia’s federal and state governments are under fire for
taking a blinkered approach to information technology
spending–ignoring local companies and alternatives to

“Microsoft’s grip on government IT spending has strengthened
after it struck multi-million-dollar long-term deals with Canberra,
the governments of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and
various government departments…

“According to the federal ‘e-government’ strategy, Better
Services, Better Government, announced last week, Canberra will
encourage trials of open-source software within the framework of
fit-for-purpose and value-for-money…”


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