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Box134

Israel stops buying Microsoft software


JERUSALEM - In an apparent showdown over price, Israel's government has
suspended purchases of Microsoft productivity software and is encouraging
the development of an open source alternative.
A spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry, which oversees government purchases,
said Tuesday that government agencies would use existing Microsoft Office
products for the time being rather than upgrade to newer versions.

The Israeli government also will encourage the development of lower-priced
alternatives to Microsoft software in an effort to help expand computer use
by the public.

To that end, the Finance Ministry has cooperated with Sun Microsystems and
IBM in designing the Hebrew language version of OpenOffice software, a
freely distributed open-source alternative to Microsoft Office.

"The move with Microsoft was a purely economic decision," said the Finance
Ministry spokeswoman, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The Israeli
government will not be purchasing new products from Microsoft, but will
implement its contract to secure existing systems.

"On a policy level, the government is committed to expanding computer use.
We want open source technology to spread, so more people will be able to
afford computers," she said.
The spokeswoman said the government was unhappy with Microsoft's refusal to
sell individual programs from its standard Office package, which includes an
e-mail client, spreadsheet and word-processing applications. Not all
departments require the entire suite of programs, she said.
Microsoft representatives in Israel did not immediately return phone calls
seeking comment.
The Israeli move comes amid growing public sector interest in open source,
or non-proprietary, software led by the Linux operating system.

Some federal agencies in France, China and Germany, as well as the city
government of Munich, have opted to use Linux not just on servers but also
on individual workstations. Entire national governments, including those in
Britain, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, are exploring open
source alternatives to Microsoft.

Governments are a huge software market, accounting for about 10 per cent of
global information technology spending, according to research firm IDC.

Federal, state and local governments in the United States spent $34-billion
(U.S.) last year on huge systems to track everything from tax collection to
fishing licenses.
 
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John Corliss

(various sbippages apply)
Israel stops buying Microsoft software


JERUSALEM - In an apparent showdown over price, Israel's government has
suspended purchases of Microsoft productivity software and is encouraging
the development of an open source alternative.
A spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry, which oversees government purchases,
said Tuesday that government agencies would use existing Microsoft Office
products for the time being rather than upgrade to newer versions.
(snip)
The spokeswoman said the government was unhappy with Microsoft's refusal to
sell individual programs from its standard Office package, which includes an
e-mail client, spreadsheet and word-processing applications. Not all
departments require the entire suite of programs, she said.
Microsoft representatives in Israel did not immediately return phone calls
seeking comment.
(snip)
Some federal agencies in France, China and Germany, as well as the city
government of Munich, have opted to use Linux not just on servers but also
on individual workstations. Entire national governments, including those in
Britain, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, are exploring open
source alternatives to Microsoft.(snip)

I don't like seeing Microsoft go under, as they eventually might, but
what goes around, comes around.
 
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Keenan P.

Box134 said:
Israel stops buying Microsoft software

[...]

"One by one we will take you."
:)

Lovely day, isn't it?

Greetings,

Joachim
Dammit,
Joachim - would you consider coming over here on holiday to my castle to
set me up with Linux. I just got figured out Microsoft and now I gotta
start all over. Jeeez israel..........
POKO
--
P. Keenan - Webmaster
Web Page Design
Manitoulin Island, Canada
http://www.members.mher.org/pokokat/
(e-mail address removed)
 
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Joachim Ziebs

Hi Keenan!

Keenan P said:
Joachim - would you consider coming over here on holiday to my castle to
set me up with Linux. I just got figured out Microsoft and now I gotta
start all over. Jeeez israel..........

Sure, no problem. I have lots of time between mid-February and March. Are
you paying for the flight?
:)

Greetz,

Joachim
 
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