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A Good Day for Taxpayers and for Free Software

The Quebec superior court ruled that Quebec’s government purchase of Microsoft software without considering alternative vendors was illegal.  Unfortunately it was not practicable to revert the transaction but in the future the government will think twice before wasting 720.000 CAD of taxpayers money on the “upgrade” of 800 workstations to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office when there are viable lower cost alternatives that can do what those computers are asked to do, based on Linux and Open Office.

The full ruling text should be available online in a few days in French and maybe in English too.

Update June 4: The ruling was raised at the Quebec National Assembly during the question period.  The exchanges showed little understanding of the issue and were merely an attempt to score points against one another.  The government ministers were on the defensive, hiding behind the fact that there are thirty days to study and eventually appeal the ruling.  Apparently the civil “servants” do want the government to appeal the ruling. To be continued.

One Response

  1. I personally tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office software. :)

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