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NY Times: Code Name: Mainstream: Can Open Source Bridge the Software Gap

Aug 28, 2000, 11:47 (5 Talkback[s])

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"In a report to President Clinton last year, a group of leading computer scientists warned that the nation faced a troubling "software gap."

"The group, made up of corporate executives and university researchers, said that programmers simply could not keep pace with exploding demand for high-quality software -- the computer code needed for everything from Internet commerce to nuclear weapons design. To bridge the gap, the group said, the nation must not only train more skilled programmers but also explore fresh, even radical, approaches to developing and maintaining software."

"In a new report, the group, known as the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, will recommend that the federal government back "open source software as an alternate path for software development," according to a draft copy of the report, which will be sent to the White House and published in a matter of weeks."

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