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| When the Government of Australia's second largest state Victoria
| signed an $80 million, four-year contract with Microsoft in May 2002,
| advocates of open source software and other critics cried foul. Today
| that contract has just about expired, the Victorian Government has a new
| CIO, the NSW Government has opened its doors to Linux and the question
| arises as to how much longer Victoria can justify committing to
| long-term Microsoft lock-ins without considering alternatives.
| Meanwhile European governments, such as that of Norway, push forward
| with implementing open source solutions to the detriment of Microsoft
| and the NSW Government has named Novell as a preferred supplier of
| Linux solutions and support.