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The New Zealand Herald: Sideshow Overshadows Real Issue

Aug 13, 2003, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Wood)

"It must have been a misguided attack of political correctness that saw Microsoft invited to speak at the Government information systems managers forum last Monday.

"The event was clearly identified as an open-source-software seminar with the aim to 'explore the opportunities and challenges' of using the software 'to provide a fit-for-purpose, value-for-money solution.'

"Microsoft, built on proprietary software, is an arch-enemy of open source so the only part it was ever likely to play was to reiterate a well-worn list of negatives. What a waste of time.

"But it did provide some entertainment--so perhaps it was a smart way to grab some media coverage from the two journalists present..."

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