"A senior state official said Friday that reports about a
planned shift to open source software platforms by the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts were inaccurate and that the state has no
'Freeware Initiative,' as stated by a number of software industry
lobbying groups opposed to the plan.
"Eric Kriss, the state's secretary for administration and
finance, said that statements released by groups like the Council
for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), based in Washington
D.C., were 'very inaccurate.' The state is simply considering ways
to integrate disparate systems using open standards such as HTTP
(Hypertext Transfer Protocol), XML (Extensible Markup Language) and
Java, he said..."