Greens to use political power in push for open source software

Greens to use political power in push for open source software

The Greens are likely to hold the balance of powers and will use it to push reforms

The Australian Greens will use any gain in political influence to push for more open source software procurement by Government, according to its spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

According to the latest polling data and election experts, the Australian Greens are on track to win the balance of power in the Senate after the Federal Election on August 21.

“The issue we’ve followed most closely [in Government procurement] is open sourcing,” he said. “We’ll be pushing for more open source software because I think there are some serious benefits to doing that.

“Supporting an open source culture for software development is healthy for a couple of different reasons. We’ve got a really vibrant community developing that.”

Microsoft and other major vendors currently supply a large amount of software to the Government through resellers and the channel. But Ludlam said he did not believe a change to open source software would have a major negative effect the industry.

“One of the things we need to do is establish just what the consequences will be,” he said. “It was really difficult to establish that from the conversations I had with the bureaucracy.

“Microsoft is a pretty robust player in global IT markets and I don’t think it’ll go bankrupt if Australia moves over to open sourced technology.”

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