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ZDNet Australia: Government Delivers Cautious Messages to AUUG Conference

Sep 07, 2004, 16:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Iain Ferguson, David Braue)

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Mandating Open Source "Too Risky": Government

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"[Australia's governing Liberal/National Party] coalition has ruled out mandating the use of open source software in the federal government, saying such a move would stretch the industry's resources to the point that the risk of a high-profile project failure would be 'unacceptably high.'

"Christopher Pearce, the Liberal member of parliament for Aston, made the remarks to the AUUG conference in Melbourne last week on behalf of the federal Minister for Information Technology, Communications and the Arts, Helen Coonan..."

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Think Proprietary, Government Tells Open Source Developers

"Open-source developers keen to impress potential government buyers should take some pages from the practices of proprietary software vendors, a senior government procurement officer told attendees at the AUUG 2004 conference in Melbourne.

"As general manager of the Sourcing & Security Branch of AGIMO (Australian Government Information Management Office), Steve Alford is in the thick of the recently revitalised discussions about open source software in government departments..."

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