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[News] Malta Creates Free Software Group in Government, SSC (NZ) Favours Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Malta Creates Free Software Group in Government, SSC (NZ) Favours Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 08:46:52 +0100
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MT: Government starts open source user group

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| The government of Malta has started the 
| Government of Malta Open Source End User 
| Group (Moseug) last month. The group is 
| meant to become a major driving force 
| behind open source initiatives in the 
| country.
| According to an article on the new user 
| group in the Times of Malta newspaper, 
| written by Michel Bugeja, an IT architect 
| at Malta's governmental Information 
| Technology Agency (MITA), the government 
| wants the group to help to increase the 
| use of open source software in the 
| government. "All stakeholders see the 
| formation of the user group as a 
| commitment from the government to promote 
| open source software on equal play to 
| proprietary software."


SSC specifies open source software in tender process

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| The State Services Commission has raised 
| eyebrows after specifying that open source 
| software be part of its revamped website.
| The commission has told potential 
| suppliers that the website's content 
| management system, which will let it 
| update and manage the site, must use open 
| source software rather than proprietary 
| software â such as that supplied by 
| Microsoft. 



Malta Open Source End User Group

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| Free Open Source Software (Foss) has
| reached appropriate levels of maturity in
| terms of quality and reach; Foss is also
| being adopted as a mainstream solution and
| also an alternative to proprietary
| solutions. The Malta Information Technology
| Agency (Mita) seeks to adopt cost-effective
| and non-disruptive OSS within government
| and is therefore seeking open
| participation, collaboration and
| transparency through the creation of a
| Government of Malta Open Source End User
| Group to become a major driving force
| behind the evolution of Open Source
| initiatives.


â 2 scheme for teachers and students for StarOffice

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| Maltese students and teachers can purchase StarOffice applications software
| for a once-only payment of â2.



IBM Linux education programme [in Malta]

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| One of the ICT education initiatives is the Linux Education
| Programme, through which 60 persons who already work in the
| ICT industry ambit will certify themselves as Linux Entry
| Level Administrators.


Leo Brincat's missionary zeal - Malta and Open Source

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| While Labour "studies" what its weekly half-hour trip on the internet
| gives it, we are developing areas where we think the benefits of
| open-source technology can really make a difference.
| [...]
| Moreover, should he have researched even further he would have also
| realised that we are taking our open standards policy even a step further
| and extending it to cut across different technological platforms such as we
| recently did with the eGovernment Web Framework when we extended it to
| cover also Oracle technologies and are currently preparing for its final
| extension into Linux.

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