The Open Source Government

    Date14 May 2004
    CategoryGovernment
    3621
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    With open source, agencies wouldn't be tied to the whims of one software vendor; instead, a community of developers would control an open source project. Open source software may also attract government users because the code can be exchanged between agencies, which are all watching their budgets. . . . With open source, agencies wouldn't be tied to the whims of one software vendor; instead, a community of developers would control an open source project. Open source software may also attract government users because the code can be exchanged between agencies, which are all watching their budgets.

    Government agencies have implemented open source solutions that range from Linux running, data-collection computers on Naval Oceanographic Office survey ships to a Web-based tool that allows the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to quickly process the visas of foreign workers scheduled to train in the United States.

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