"It is perhaps symmetry that attracts Australia's second minor
party, the Greens, to the open source operating system, Linux. Or
it could be the $18,000 the party saves on commercial purchases
that can be spent on other areas of its campaign. And with an
election outcome that hinges on support for the minor parties, even
a slight electoral edge is crucial.
"Beyond the notions that Greens candidates and open source
evangelists are viewed to be on the economic 'left,' or seeking a
more just and sustainable environment--depending on your point of
view--the party has stopped using commercial software as much for
pragmatic reasons. It wants to win more seats at the impending
federal election, and Linux will help it do that, the Greens
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