"[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..."
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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