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Government Geeks Send Their Bosses to Open Source

“I’m home in Portland (arguably the open source software
conference capital of the world) for the third annual GOSCON
get-together. Linux Foundation Executive Director and keynote
speaker Jim Zemlin says he may have been mistaken in thinking that
attendees were fairly well-versed in Linux and open source. The
reality is that while these attendees–from city, county, state,
federal and foreign governments–are already using, benefiting from
and appreciating open source software, most are still seeking
enlightenment on the subject.

“Zemlin, who spoke of the important role of open standards and
ensuring they are truly open without proprietary, vendor hooks in
parts or development, was not the only one who found the conference
different than what he expected…”


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