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Linux World: Open Source Making Headway in Texas Government

Mar 26, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

[ Thanks to Joe Barr for this link. ]

"In the war between proprietary and free/open-source software in state and local government over the past two years, Texas has established itself as ground zero. Texas Senate Bill 1579, for example, which seeks to ensure that free/open-source software is given a level playing field when competing with proprietary products in state agencies, was deemed important enough to recently get posted by Slashdot.

"This week, I'm reporting live from the front lines of three related battles in that war. I'll recount a visit with Senator John Carona, the sponsor of SB 1579. You may be aware that Senator Carona sponsored the UCITA bill in Texas two years ago, and thereby hangs a tale.

"But first, I'll update you on two other stories from Texas I've written about previously: the City of Austin's Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's (TDCJ) battle with Microsoft over the same sort of licensing issues..."

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