Haaretz: Treasury’s Linux Threat Seen as Ploy

“A top treasury official yesterday ruled that new government
computers should run on Linux instead of Microsoft Windows, but IDC
Israel manager Gideon Lopez dismisses the whole thing as a

“Computerization czar Yitzhak Cohen also suggests handing out
freeware Open Office. ‘Don’t expect any revolutions,’ counsels
Lopez. ‘It smells more like a ploy in the negotiations Yitzhak
Cohen is holding with Microsoft over price.’ IDC is a global market
intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and
communications fields.

“Cohen, a senior deputy to the treasury’s accountant-general,
says government computer systems would save money by using Linux
open-code freeware rather than costly Windows operating


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