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IT’S MANDATORY: Govt forces open source option

Delimiter - The Federal Government has dramatically changed its position on the use of open source software by departments and agencies in Canberra, publishing a policy today that mandates the consideration of such options in any technology purchase.

The news comes days after a decision by peak IT strategy group the Australian Government Information Management Office to standardise on Microsoft’s Office Open XML document standard sparked controversy, due to what many saw as the format’s lack of compatibility with open source office suites such as OpenOffice.org.