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osOpinion: Why The US Government Must Support Open Source

Jan 21, 2000, 06:37 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I believe that government must act because it's the only institution with more clout than the megacorporations. Right-wing extremists should be more concerned about them than about the United Nations."

"The Internet would not have come this far if its standards had not been open from the beginning. If any one company is allowed to dictate the standards for the Internet, it can block organizations or individuals from access to the 'Net."

"Extensive use of Open Source will dilute the installed base of commercial software, reducing the power of monopolies in the IT industry and discouraging the development of new ones."

"Deploying Linux, Hurd and *BSD in Federal agencies would reduce deployment costs because they do not require licenses... They would reduce software development costs because they run on many different processors, and they have free compilers/interpreters for many different languages. They would reduce maintenance costs because you don't need frequent distributions of anti-virus software."

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