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Computerworld Australia: Government Takes Cautionary Stance on Open Source Software

Sep 03, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The federal government has no plans to support legislation which requires open source software solutions to be included in all future departmental ICT contracts, and will continue to uphold a neutral stance on open source software, the National Office of Information Economy (NOIE) has stated.

"Speaking at the Gartner Open Source conference in Sydney on Tuesday, NOIE general manager of information management strategy and governance Steve Alford said the federal government was keen to ensure information on open source software was accessible to all departmental agencies. Nevertheless, open source software would need to prove its worth on a case-by-case basis in order to gain a place in the government's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) line-up.

"'Open source solutions have to compete in this space of discretionary spend and replacing what's already there,' Alford said..."

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