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GovExec.com: More Agencies Pick Open Source Software

Jan 23, 2004, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Karen D. Schwartz)

"Just five years ago, programmers who understood the value of using collaborative, open source software as a foundation for developing federal applications had to use the software surreptitiously. At that time, open source software was the bailiwick of programmers hidden away in back rooms - programmers who understood that using open source software could cut costs, speed development and improve performance. Back then, using anything but off-the-shelf software for application development wasn't widely accepted or understood. After all, commercial software was a known quantity, perceived as more reliable and secure than open source software, which just about anyone could customize.

"Slowly but surely, federal CIOs have begun to see the benefits of using open source software. Prime examples include the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, the Mozilla Firebird browser, and MySQL and PostgreSQL, open source relational databases that use standard Structured Query Language..."

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