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Defence bolsters search for open source software

IT News Australia - Discloses year-long 'semi-formal' OpenOffice trial.

The Department of Defence has stepped up its push for open source software to reduce its $100 million annual software licensing bill.

Last week, it joined five other government agencies in forming the Open Technology Foundation, which aimed to facilitate collaboration and interoperable technology in the public sector.

Defence chief technology officer Matt Yannopoulos said the department had been considering open source software for more than three years.

Prior to the Federal Government’s introduction of a more aggressive open source policy in January, Defence had not “specifically encouraged” open source software tenders from the market.