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LinuxWorld Australia: Alston Dismisses Call for Open Source Procurement Guidelines

Aug 28, 2003, 11:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Guidelines proposed by the Australian Unix Users Group (AUUG) promoting a 'level playing field' between open source and proprietary software within government departments are unnecessary, according to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

"While agreeing with AUUG's proposal that software be purchased on its merits, a spokesperson for the department's Minister, Senator Richard Alston, said open source software is already being considered for its value proposition.

";Government departments do not need laws or guidelines for software procurement as they are already obliged to consider all options and select on merit,' the spokesperson said..."

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