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Linux Journal: Linux Access in State and Local Government, Part VIII

Aug 19, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

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"eGovernment applications need to cost less, allow for rapid development, provide a user-friendly experience for constituents and offer enhanced security. Linux provides everything eGovernment initiatives need. It also provides a scalable savings opportunity for the People, which can run into billions of dollars.

"In recent surveys, we have discovered government agencies spending tens of thousands of dollars to have someone build relatively sparse public web sites. 'Rhode Island put itself on the cutting edge of hot-technology uptake last year when it became one of the first state governments to get beyond traditional government conservatism and implement open-source technology,' writes Lisa Vaas in eWeek. 'The gamble is paying off: The bill for the state's rules and regulations database came in at $40,000--only $6,000 of which was hardware costs and took one consultant four months working only two days a week to complete.' But, as Neil Aggarwal of JAMM Consulting responded, 'that seems awfully high...'

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