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osOpinion: Legislating Open Source

Apr 22, 2003, 11:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"A number of people, myself included, would like to see open source used more frequently in state, local and federal government agencies. So much so, in fact, that two states are currently considering passing bills that would force public administrators to evaluate open-source options before buying or deploying new software.

"Texas (S.B. 1579) and Oregon (H.B. 2892) have bills in the works that also would require administrators to provide justification for purchasing proprietary software when open-source alternatives exist. The question is, should we be legislating open source...?"

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