"Massachusetts on Wednesday took the wraps off a new software
repository designed to let government agencies make more efficient
use of open-source software. The repository will be managed by the
Government Open Code Collaborative, a newly formed group of seven
states and four municipalities that will contribute and download
open-source software and proprietary software designed by
government agencies for their use.
"The repository will consist of a MySQL database, Z Object
Publishing Environment application server, Apache Web server,
OpenLDAP authentication service for storing membership data, and
Debian Linux operating system running on an Intel-based
rack-mounted server. The University of Rhode Island will serve as
the repository's home.
"'We want to create a central place where the public sector can
go and see what other projects are being developed,' Claudia
Boldman said at this week's Open Source in Government Conference,
held at George Washington University. The director of policy and
planning for Massachusetts' Information Technology Division also
said the Government Open Code Collaborative, which held its first
meeting in December, expects membership from Massachusetts towns
Gloucester and Worcester, as well as state participation from
Pennsylvania, Utah, Missouri, Rhode Island, and others..."
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