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Haaretz: Treasury's Linux Threat Seen as Ploy

Dec 26, 2003, 16:05 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zuri Dar)

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"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 ploy.

"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 systems...."

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