"After giving Linux the cold shoulder for years, there are signs
from the federal government that it might be slowly flocking to the
free operating system and open source software.
"In fact, an Ottawa open source advocate says a small pro-Linux
organization is already operating quietly within Public Works and
Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
"The Getting Open Source and Linux Into Governments group
(GOSLINGS) formed in May following a federal conference in
Gatineau, Que. Goslings, incidentally, are young geese, and the
group is riffing off the penguin and bird motif of Linux's
"The new organization, which is probably the first internal
group of its type, hopes to host an official Web site through PWGSC
early next year. If that happens, it'll be a small coup for the
government open source movement, its organizers say. PWGSC sets the
IT standards for every other federal department through its
Government Telecommunications and Informatics Services (GTIS)