Open Source Procurement Turns Out To Be A Dud

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More than twelve months after the NSW Department of Commerce announced approved suppliers of open source software and services to state government agencies, there hasn't been a single sale prompting a review to evaluate and improve the contract.

Last year the Department of Commerce, which provides IT procurement recommendations to all NSW government agencies, named seven companies as the successful tenderers for the "provision of enterprise level Linux system software and associated services for server and desktop environments including systems support, product-specific training and systems integration".

But half-way through the two-year contract it has proven to be little more than a PR exercise.

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