"Despite strong pleas from some open-source proponents for the
government to encourage the use of open-source software, at the
exclusion of proprietary wares (read: Windows), Washington isn't
about to upset the status quo.
"Office of Management and Budget associate director Mark Forman,
the nation's de facto CIO, says each agency's needs will decide
whether to go open source. 'We don't have a policy view in applying
open source versus commercial licenses in software,' Forman says.
'It would make sense to use something more open-source than
something proprietary if an agency has a J2EE architecture. But,
for enterprise applications, such as ERP or financial-management
systems, using proprietary software would likely be more
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