[News] Jeff Waugh Spread the Free Software Message in Australia

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Roy Schestowitz

Sep 27, 2007, 8:06:53 AM9/27/07
Open source to help quell ICT trade deficit: Waugh

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| Waugh Partners is conducting a census on the proliferation of open source to
| gauge the level of adoption among local enterprises and to help businesses
| become more aware of its relevance.
| "We think open source is good for the IT industry and innovation," Waugh
| said. "It has ignited competition with companies using open source to enter
| the industry and create new business models. It has raised the value point
| over just the software product itself - you have to have great integration,
| service and support to succeed. And it lowers the barrier to entry as you can
| create products built on open source to provide grander solutions."


More more open source news:

Hyperic Partners with JasperSoft to Provide Advanced Reporting for IT

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| In new Hyperic HQ 3.1 Enterprise incorporates all of the features released in
| August with Hyperic HQ 3.1, which was recognized with LinuxWorld’s “Best
| System Management Tool” award.


Related (from Australia):

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.


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource.
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


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