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Tax office chooses Ubuntu for AUSkey

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I managed to get an interesting snippet out of the ATO last week.

The tax office will base its AUSkey Linux port on Ubuntu.

AUSkey is written in Java and in theory is cross-platform, but with tax testing it on Linux it should finally work without a whole lot of frustration. It also shows how far Ubuntu has come in garnering mainstream public opinion on what is the most popular Linux distribution for testing efforts.

Ubuntu does not equal Linux per se, but if the same decision was made only a few years ago it would have been based on one of the well-known commercial distros.

Good to see the ATO committing to more openness – with software and media relations. A little victory for those who care about it.

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