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LinuxWorld: Government Linux users gather in Washington, D.C.

Nov 17, 2000, 01:36 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Durham-Vichr)

"The companies supplying the federal government with Linux and open source products and services met with the agencies they served in the First Annual Federal Linux Users' Conference. Though attendance was low, organizers and many vendors remained optimistic about governmental use of Linux...."

"The conference, held on October 30, focused on early or test-stage Linux applications that would "likely evolve into enterprise-level deployments." Exhibitors, however, showed products already on the market, and most of the government projects that won awards were already live. It appears that Linux and the government are, if not falling over each other, then at least coming to terms."

"The most promising thing is that up to now Linux has been deployed in a skunk-works-like manner [in the government] that just served specific needs and was promoted by technical personnel," says Przemek Koslwshi, whose project, a data application platform developed for six years at the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST), won an award for mission-critical applications."

"[Now] several large IT organizations, like the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, are really testing the concept and are leaning towards organized, large-scale projects," he added. Koslwshi's award was one of six given out -- along with PDAs as prizes."

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