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It's Time for Obama to Come Out for FOSS

Oct 21, 2009, 06:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"With hordes of lobbyists deployed on the ground in Washington and in state capitals throughout the nation, it was soon a brave, and perhaps foolhardy, public IT manager who would dare to take a public stand in defense of FOSS.

"And yet, by the turn of the millennium, FOSS was already infiltrating federal and state government systems everywhere. And it was spreading rapidly. When MITRE conducted a two week email survey of FOSS use within the U.S. Department of Defense in 2002, IT manager respondents reported that they were administering 251 FOSS installations that included a total of 115 different FOSS applications. Moreover, MITRE noted that the use of certain FOSS solutions had passed from elective to essential, giving examples that resonate even more forcefully today"

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