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NewsForge: Open Source Winning in Federal Government, Slowly

Jul 29, 2004, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Different interpretations of a memo from Office of Management and Budget IT and E-Government administrator Karen Evans make this software purchasing directive look both bad and good for open source.

"While Citizens Against Government Waste cited the memo in its complaint that open source can be more expensive than proprietary software, the OMB memo itself simply advises an adequate review of all software, regardless of whether it is open source or not. A CAGW press release states, 'The OMB memo noted that open source software has more complex licensing requirements, requiring review by agency general counsel, which also adds to its costs...'"

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