Tax Dollars Supporting Microsoft Monoculture

[Breaking news – G2009: There’s no deal]

Don Christie, president of the NZ Open Source society makes an insightful plea in the news release: http://nzoss.org.nz/news/2009/press-release-nzoss-stop-g2009. The complete release is well worth a read.

The NZOSS is calling for:

an immediate cessation of the G2009 process
a complete, line by line review of the money spent by government agencies on Microsoft products
a stop to all upgrades and purchases of Microsoft products until the review has been completed
a complete evaluation of free and other alternatives to Microsoft products, including operating systems, office products, databases and content management systems