It’s Time for Obama to Come Out for FOSS

“With hordes of lobbyists deployed on the ground in Washington
and in state capitals throughout the nation, it was soon a brave,
and perhaps foolhardy, public IT manager who would dare to take a
public stand in defense of FOSS.

“And yet, by the turn of the millennium, FOSS was already
infiltrating federal and state government systems everywhere. And
it was spreading rapidly. When MITRE conducted a two week email
survey of FOSS use within the U.S. Department of Defense in 2002,
IT manager respondents reported that they were administering 251
FOSS installations that included a total of 115 different FOSS
applications. Moreover, MITRE noted that the use of certain FOSS
solutions had passed from elective to essential, giving examples
that resonate even more forcefully today”

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