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[News] Australian Politicians Talk About Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Australian Politicians Talk About Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 11:28:46 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Pollies back Open Source

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| If politicians' attitudes towards Open Source software affects the way you'll 
| vote in tomorrow's Federal election, you may be interested in the results of 
| a survey of the major parties carried out by Open Source Industry Australia.  



SA eyes Apple, Red Hat to dodge vendor lock-in

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| The South Australian government is looking at a software overhaul that could 
| see Apple or Red Hat taking over from Microsoft on the state's PCs. Analysts 
| warn, however, skills costs could still lead to a software environment 
| dominated by a single platform.   



Feds revise IT procurement model

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| The federal government has launched version two of the SourceIT
| model contracts and user notes aimed at simplifying procurement of
| information technology 12 months after the first version.


Governments slammed for anti-competitive software tendering practices     

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| A leading Australian open source advocate has called for an end for to
| tender lock-outs of competitors to Microsoft, claiming the practice
| is costing Australian taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each
| year.


Don't mention the broadband speeds

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| The outspoken Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on a whirlwind tour of 
| Australia, but don't expect to hear too much about him as he's being kept
| out of the limelight.
| [...]
| But Microsoft has kept the boss's movements out of the public eye
| and a spokeswoman said "we are not letting any media in" to watch
| today's speech. Instead, a video recording of the speech will be
| uploaded for journalists to watch after the event.
| Microsoft confirmed the video would be edited but would not say
| if the editing was done for aesthetics reasons or to conceal
| certain comments from the public.


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