Background info on the minister
Posted Nov 27, 2003 9:05 UTC (Thu) by prometeo
In reply to: Background info on the minister
Parent article: Governmental open source directives in Italy
Actually, he was the head of IBM SEMEA (South Europe, Middle East, Asia). He left the position to assume the role of Minister of Innovation (which is a new Ministry without direct funding). He is trying to push broadband (through a subside for young people to get ADSL lines), broaden the range of installed PCs (again with subsides for poor people to buy new PCs) and trying to get away from the MS monopoly in the Italian Government (there's a contract signed in '96 IIRC, which dictates Win98 as the base OS for any PC sold in the Public Administration, apart from mainframes and dedicated servers).
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