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Australian government can't recruit fast enough for open source

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The tide is turning with the use of open-source software within the Australian government, according to the chief technology officer John Sheridan, with departments shifting from buying proprietary software to buying support for open-source software such as Drupal.

Speaking at Forrester's Summit For CIOs in Sydney today, Sheridan said that when he first rose through the ranks in government, open source was not an option for government because when it failed, it would not be easy to explain to senators in Senate Estimates.

"You go to Senate Estimates, the senator says, 'Why did your system fail Mr Sheridan?' and I say, 'Well, actually, I was just relying on help that I would find on the internet by posting questions to the bulletin board, and unfortunately no one answered fast enough'," he said.

But there has been a change in the way government approaches open source, he said.

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