"People believe that governments have embraced Linux and
open-source software. You might see headlines saying that Linux
advocates have made serious inroads in government. Logic dictates
that Linux works well and the price is right, so why not?
"This year, Oregon and Texas legislators introduced house and
senate bills respectively supporting open-source software. Both
legislative bills made their way to committee hearings, but the
results differed significantly. Oregon's HB 2892 died. In Texas, SB
1579 found favor in the Committee and remains pending due to a
walkout by approximately 50 members of the House.
"California and Oklahoma also made attempts do some legislative
mandating to use open-source software that died quietly. Rhode
Island didn't see legislative action, but it did build a Linux
portal for the state's rules and regulations database, which
received good reviews..."