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eWeek: Fed agencies appeal to Linux vendors

Nov 07, 2000, 12:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"A handful of Federal government agencies have challenged major Linux vendors to step up their efforts to promote the use of open-source software for government accounts."

"The agencies -- including the Department of Defense, the Bureau of the Public Debt, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Agency for International Development -- currently all use Linux to some degree. But they are frustrated at the fact that this usage is not officially sanctioned, referring to it as yet another "don't ask, don't tell" situation within the government."

"Attending the first Federal Linux Users conference here last week, agency representatives called on Linux vendors to provide examples of life-cycle business cases, develop a set of standards for easier application installations, and come forward with best practices and programs that guide and reduce the risk of open-source use."

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