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[News] Malta Prioritises Free Software

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Malta: Open source preferred

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| The Government of Malta has issued a new 
| directivePDF instructing all of its agencies 
| to give preference to the use of open source 
| software (OSS) throughout government. 
| According to the directive, Malta will adopt 
| free software using the definition  set by 
| the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and it 
| says that, "Where it is not possible to make 
| use of OSS in the implementation of 
| solutions, appropriate evidence shall be made 
| available."



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."


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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