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Government Technology: Open Sesame!

Dec 31, 1999, 16:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Marcotte)

"Open-source software infiltrates the mainstream with powerful performance and rock-bottom prices...."

"But as small as Dallam might appear on the map, it has claimed a much more prominent piece of real estate on the World Wide Web. A quick check on Yahoo for Texas counties lists Dallam right next to densely populated Dallas. The Web is the great equalizer -- and Dallam wouldn't be on the Web without open-source software...."

"Dallam County's Web presence was established by County Treasurer Wes Ritchey. But it didn't initially look like a Web site was in the cards. The county could afford a computer; it just couldn't afford the high price of a secure operating system (OS) and server software necessary to host the site. A commercial OS alone can cost more than $1,000."

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