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Wired.com: U.S. Gov't Still Penguin Shy

Jun 12, 2002, 17:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh, Robert Zarate)

"Open-source enthusiasts sometimes predict that Linux and other free software could revolutionize not merely the business world, but also government.

"U.S. government agencies, the thinking goes, could save taxpayers perhaps $1 billion a year in licensing fees by dumping proprietary products sold by Microsoft and Oracle in favor of more reliable, free software alternatives.

"But a Wired News survey of 14 Cabinet-level agencies found that open-source software has made scant progress inside the federal government. While a handful of agencies use Linux regularly, most have adopted the operating system minimally -- if at all..."

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