Open source in Government a no go

New Zealand politician, Nandor Tanczos, has openly criticised the Parliamentry computer system over their overuse of “crashing” Microsoft applications and operating systems.

Tanczos said on the Frogblog that he encountered huge hurdles just to be allowed to install Firefox on his computer, and then he was assured that he would get no support if thing turned bad (like that would happen with Firefox…).

Governments should be doing more to encourage the use of open source. Isn’t that what democracy is all about? “That’s without even mentioning the cost benefits.”

And to top it off, they are still running Windows 2000. My school got rid of that piece of slow shit a wee while ago; thank goodness.

Hat tip: Whale Oil Beef Hooked.

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