"The increasingly influential role of open source software as an
alternative to proprietary solutions has prompted the federal
government to put together a new seminar looking at the demand for
open source systems across departmental agencies.
"To be hosted by the National Office for the Information Economy
(NOIE), the seminar, 'Open Source Software and the role of Linux in
the public sector,' is designed to provide departmental CIOs, CTOs
and agency IT professionals with a broader understanding of
non-proprietary software, as well as examine the current and future
role such solutions can play in the government sector.
"The seminar will be held at the National Press Club in Canberra
on February 18 and is expected to be the first in a series of
sessions on the potential use of open source software (OSS) in
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