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Computerworld Australia: Government to Use Open Source to Break Lock-Ins

Apr 13, 2005, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julian Bajkowski)

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"IT vendors pushing costly proprietary software lock-ins have been warned that feeding at the $4.2 billion [US$3.3 billion/€2.5 billion] IT trough of the Australian taxpayer is over and a strict and a new procurement diet for vendors will be personally enforced by the Special Minister of State, Senator Eric Abetz.

"A copy of 'A Guide to Open Source Software' prepared by Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), exclusively obtained by Computerworld, reveals new guidelines that state if an equal or superior open source product adequately fits the government's needs, it will be expected to be objectively considered by public servants alongside proprietary offerings..."

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