Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Feds open to computer reboot [1/4]
CHRISTINA SPENCER, NATIONAL BUREAU
The Canadian government could save up to $18 million a year by adopting “Open Office” software instead of continuing to deal with traditional suppliers who charge licensing fees for computer applications, says a risk-assessment paper prepared for Public Works and Government Services Canada.

It’s one example of what taxpayers could reap if federal institutions embraced what is known as open-source software, according to the paper.

Public Works documents obtained by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin using the Access to Information legislation say that over a five-year period, the feds spend around $90 million for licensed software from companies such as Microsoft, Corel and IBM, but that this could be partly replaced by free products.


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