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The Register: Norwegian Gov Ditches Contract with Microsoft

Jul 12, 2002, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

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"The Norwegian government has terminated its contract with Microsoft, with employment and administration minister Victor D Norman commenting that the deal had been 'unfortunate,' and that the injection of competition could mean cheaper and (cruel cut) higher quality solutions.

"The contract with Microsoft, as we understand it, covered both national and regional government and meant Microsoft was virtually the sole software supplier for public services. Norman told NRK Dagsnytt, the state-funded news channel: 'We think that the contract we've had with Microsoft has in reality given them a monopoly in a field where we're better off getting competition.' So the position is that Norway has opened up the field for competition to Microsoft, rather than kicking Microsoft out as such..."

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[Editor's Note: An anonymous reader contributed a related story from the Associated Press. This story, which we unfortunately don't have a link to, has a more Linux-related quote from Minister Norman that was not picked up in The Register piece:

"'The use of open source codes, such as Linux, could promote competition,' Norman said in a news release. 'To make use of programs based on open source codes a real alternative, there will be no new Select 5.0 contract with Microsoft Norway.'"]

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