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The Australian Tax Office CIO Bill Gibson claims that one of the reasons he hasn't deployed much open source software is due to security fears, with the code not subject to enough "technical scrutiny".
Federal government agencies are adopting free and open source software (FOSS) with increasing zeal, according to a new study undertaken by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO). Two in three (68 percent) of respondents to an AGIMO survey of federal government agencies said they are actively using FOSS.
Indian state Kerala is looking at Open Source software to help improve literacy rates and boost the local economy; in January of this year, another Indian state Tamil Nadu switched over more than 3,000 government desktops to Linux and will not offer Windows unless it's an "absolute necessity".According to a statement, the Kerala government has identified free and open-source software (FOSS) as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society.
Australia's peak open source body has fresh faces on its board and a renewed focus: the public sector.When Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) was launched this time last year, it tasked itself with "increasing the uptake of free and open source software (FOSS) throughout the corporate, government and education sectors".