InfoWorld: Focus on Open Source in US Government

[ Thanks to Matt for
these links. ]

U.S. Government Seeks the Open Road

“2004 may be the year for open source software to catch on in a
big way in government agencies. For years, federal, state, and
local agencies have been using open source software–some in the
open, some on the sly–but the extent of open source’s
proliferation in public agencies remains unknown, as few hard
numbers are available…”


Federal IT Departments Outgrow Unix

“The IT departments of many federal agencies use a healthy
number of Unix-compatible, homegrown apps written in a variety of
languages, even some they wrote. To keep long-term costs down, some
agencies are looking to migrate these apps away from the bigger
iron to lower-end Linux and Intel-based servers…”


Survey Says PHP for the GAO

“In 2000, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) developed its
own Web-based survey application using a combination of the open
source PHP scripting language and the commercial C language. The
GAO chose PHP over Java for a couple of reasons, not the least of
which was security…”


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