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Federal Computer Week: Tight Budgets Soften Resistance

Aug 04, 2003, 15:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Stevens)

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"Many information technology vendor and product names have become part of the average American's lexicon. Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh are more famous than some rock bands. Even products that the average Joe would have no use for, such as Oracle Corp. databases, have amazingly good name recognition.

"On the other hand, with the possible exception of Linux, few people outside the IT industry know much about open-source software. But that hasn't kept these freely available programs from playing an increasingly important role governmentwide, especially as budgets tighten.

"From the Defense Department, where a recent study showed widespread use of the software, to civilian agencies such as the Census Bureau, which is considering moving some desktop users from a commercial system to Linux, the use of open-source software is growing fast. Of course, that trajectory is not always apparent, because open-source projects typically fly under the radar of procurement offices..."

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