July 16, 2002

Norwegian government drops Microsoft license

Norway's Minister of Labor and Government Administration, Victor Norman, decided against renewing its Select 5.0 software licensing program, which expires Nov. 30, in order to encourage other software companies to compete in the public sector IT market, the spokesman said....In Norway, Microsoft has up to 95 percent of the government market for some types of applications, according to the spokesman.

The use of open-source software, such as the Linux operating system, could promote competition, the spokesman said." More at InfoWorld.

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