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Norway Pledges Funds for Government Open Source Usage

Nov 18, 2008, 07:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

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"Instead of general promotion of open source software, the funds are specifically earmarked for adopting and promoting use of the OpenOffice suite of productivity applications in government offices. While $285,000 probably isn't going to shake Microsoft down to its roots, the company has to be watching this development closely.

"Norway happens to be the exact same country where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offered students free copies of Microsoft's developer tools in September. The Register attributed that decision to Microsoft's contention that it "has lost a generation of developers who might have embraced Windows and .NET, thanks to the Mac and open source frameworks and operating systems.""

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