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Sydney Morning Herald: Open Source Gets a Hearing in Canberra

Feb 19, 2003, 22:00 (5 Talkback[s])


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"The benefits and challenges of using Open Source software in Australian government agencies were explored in depth at a seminar organised by the National Office for the Information Economy in Canberra yesterday.

"Speakers at the seminar included representatives from IBM, the research firm Gartner, the Australian Unix Users Group, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Bureau of Meteorology, and Microsoft. Around 150 delegates attended, 100 from the public sector and the others representing vendors.

"AUUG treasurer Gordon Hubbard said he had provided an Australian perspective on how Open Source software could fit into government agencies. 'The general benefits in terms of costs, robustness and control were explained,' Hubbard said. The presentation was made along with Con Zymaris, editor of the AUUG newsletter..."

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