"'Microsoft bigots' is how Scott Akers describes users and
administrators who won't consider so-called solutions outside the
"'For them, it's 100 percent Microsoft and that's the end of the
discussion,' said the chief administrator of technical support for
the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, a government entity with
3,500 users. 'I feel like there should be an alternative to
Microsoft. My intent is to make it free, and it's looking extremely
"To that end, Akers is advocating a DOR switch to open
source/Linux, and he speaks of the possibility with the fervor of
an activist. Charged with the technical direction of DOR, he talks
about 'altruistic decisions that have to be made' and the fiscal
need to 'embrace the open source solution...'"
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