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Open-source platform gains popularity in government

Brisbane Times - So popular has a little-known open-source program become within federal government agencies that there is now a shortage of expertise in Canberra.

Federal government chief technology officer John Sheridan said two factors were combining to drive the popularity of the Drupal content management system at the expense of proprietary software: the emergence of commercial entities able to give government the confidence to use open source, and the increasing cost and complexity of proprietary software.

Addressing a Forrester Research CIO Summit in Sydney recently, Sheridan said previous resistance to open source was gone.