Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Israel breaking free from Microsoft: "The Ministry of Finance announced Sunday it will begin distributing Open Office, which is a package of basic software programs similar to Microsoft Office, for free starting this coming week. The ministry plans to distribute thousands of Open Office programs on CD-ROM at public computer centers and eventually community centers across the country throughout the coming year."

"The programs are for use on the Linux operating system, which is a free alternative to the Windows operating system. Over the past year the programs were translated into Hebrew by Sun Corporation and IBM with the assistance of the Finance Ministry... The Ministry of Finance is about to propose that government ministries use the free Linux open operating system as well."

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