Open Source OK for Oz
By webmink on Apr 20, 2005
I was in Canberra at the start of the week, delivering the opening keynote at the OpenOffice.org mini-conference and awarding prizes as part of Sun's sponsorship of the regional delegate program at linux.conf.au. I really like that particular sponsorship as it allows the real stars of open source, the individual contributors, to attend the conference and gain recognition for their efforts. It works by paying the expenses and conference fees for ten key contributors (one from New Zealand and nine from around Australia) to attend the event, and then giving one of them (in this case Colin Charles from Victoria, a contributor to both Fedora and OpenOffice.org) an all-expenses paid trip to a conference in Europe or the US.
Also of note this week was the launch of an open source procurement policy by the Australian government. It's an addendum to last year's commonwealth procurement policy and it's packed with good advice on how to also procure open source software and services for government use, giving the official green light at last. It's a step to be warmly welcomed.