"A group of software vendors has published an open letter to
president Obama encouraging the new administration to adopt open
source software in the government's IT infrastructure. The letter
says that open source software can reduce costs when implementing
government technology initiatives in areas like healthcare and
"Open source software is already broadly used by many different
branches of the government. The Department of Defense, which has
been exploring the benefits of open source software for years, has
used Linux and open source technology in a wide range of key
projects, including the Army Future Combat Systems program and the
Land Warrior program. The DoD also recently launched a Web site on
which it hosts its open source projects."
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