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Feb 03, 2004, 04:00 (5 Talkback[s])

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"NSW commerce and IT minister John Della Bosca will use a policy and administrative bulldozer, rather than legislation, to create a 'level playing field' for adopting open source software within his government.

"In any government tender process where an evaluation of an open source versus proprietary solution produced 'roughly the same' results, better industry development returns to the state dictated the business should go the open source package, he said.

"Mr Della Bosca said yesterday that he expected to formalise an open source procurement policy by the end of the year, after pilot projects in four state agencies had been completed..."

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