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[News] FOSS Now Available to Australian Government

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Open Source Business Cluster launched in New South Wales

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| On the 7th November 2008, at the Australian Google Headquarters in Sydney, 
| New South Wales, an Open Source Business Cluster was announced. The aim of 
| the cluster is to more effectively market, deliver and provide support for 
| Open Source technology to business and government agencies.   



Suncorp envisages Linux, ODF for 20,000 desktops

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| Open source software is set to play an increasingly important role at
| Australia's sixth largest bank, according to Smith, who said that Suncorp
| will look to use open source "wherever we can".



Management Office [AGIMO]

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| Two in three (68 percent) of respondents to an AGIMO survey of
| federal government agencies said they are actively using FOSS.


Australia To Trial OLPC

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| In a surprise announcement, the government of the Northern Territory
| has announced that they are testing the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)
| machines with a view to launching trials in remote communities.
| The OLPC has been designed for children in the developing world, in
| regions that struggle for basic infrastructure like clean running
| water, and electricity. So it may come as a surprise to some that
| an Australian state government has put up a hand to trial the new
| laptops. 


Office 2007 may be Microsoft's Titanic: former Government IT boss

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| Bill Gates has been talking up Office 2007 ahead of its business launch
| on November 30. However, the recently departed deputy CIO of one of
| Australia's biggest government Microsoft sites believes introducing
| the new version of Microsoft Office may be the company's biggest
| ever disaster.


Feds assess open source

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| Federal government use of open-source software will be examined to assess
| how many agencies have adopted Linux and other systems.


Talking Linux in Sydney

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| There are three major Linux conferences held annually, one each in the
| US, Canada and Australia.
| That alone should provide an indication of the extent to which
| Australians have been, and are, involved in the free and open
| source software community. 

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