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Wired.com: Behind Linux's Struggle in Gov't

Jun 13, 2002, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh, Robert Zarate)

"Proprietary software makers say they don't view Linux and its brethren as an immediate threat to their dominance inside the federal government.

"A Wired News survey of 14 Cabinet-level agencies found little official adoption of free operating systems and bureaucratic obstacles such as lists of approved products that stand in the way of future gains.

"'The government is like other customers in that they buy based on business value. Open source itself has little to do with business value for most customers, who don't modify the code or even look at it,' said Peter Houston, director of Microsoft's Windows Server Product Management Group..."

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