"Frustrated by budget woes and incompatible IT systems among
state agencies, an Oregon legislator has introduced a bill
requiring the agencies to at least consider open-source software
when making future IT purchases.
"The idea, said Democratic State Rep. Phil Barnhart, is to offer
cheaper and more flexible options to government agencies through
the use of open-source, standards-based software rather than
"Barnhart said he introduced the Open Source Software for Oregon
bill, officially known as House Bill 2892, in an effort to reduce
costs and lessen the state's dependence on expensive and
proprietary IT systems. The bill doesn't mandate that open-source
alternatives be chosen. 'What it really does is say, Please think
about it as you do your procurement,' Barnhart said in an interview
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