Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> Gericht stoppt Bundesauftrag an Microsoft
> Swiss Court Halts Non-Competitive Contract With Microsoft
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> | Ade writes "Looks like the challenge to the Swiss Administrative Court
> | concerning the government contract given to Microsoft without any public
> | bidding was successful: The court has issued a temporary injunction
> | (note: article in German) against the Federal Office of Buildings and
> | Logistics (BBL), effectively stopping the CHF 14M (£8M; $15M)-contract
> | to deliver licenses and support for software used on government
> | computers for the next three years. According to Swiss Government
> | practices, any contract over CHF 50'000 has to undergo a public call for
> | offers. The BBL cited 'no serious alternatives' as the reason which this
> | contract never did."
There is enough precedent here to start halting ALL micoshaft only
contracts across the globe. Times are hard and changing!
There is no reason why with good management that lower
cost free and open source companies are allowed to bid for contracts.
The tax payer has vested interest in making sure they get the
lower priced and best value deals going.