schliz writes: The Australian Government Information Management Office says that the cost of scoping the potential for a platform change could cost more than it saves. It was pushed to investigate open source software to reduce its AUD$500m software spend at a Senate meeting yesterday.
"Agencies are obliged to consider value for money on each occasion they apply a software," spokesperson Graham Fry said. "If the cost of assessing it [open source] was greater than the cost of the software, you would have to think twice."
Rish writes: A lawsuit that accused Microsoft of misleading consumers to download and install an update for Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) under the guise that it was critical security update has been tossed out. Last month, a federal judge refused to certify the lawsuit as a class action, which would have meant anyone who owned a Windows XP PC in mid-2006 could join the case without having to hire an attorney, and on Friday the same judge dismissed the case completely.