"Late last week, it was announced that the Massachusetts
Department of Administration and Finance has taken the bold step of
pursuing Open Standards and Open Source Software for that
Commonwealth, whenever and wherever possible. Eric Kriss, the
department's Secretary, has charged the government office to begin
looking for alternatives to many of the legacy systems that the
agency currently uses.
"Such a step is certainly within the purview of Secretary Kriss,
but how did such a bold move come to pass?
"Kriss cited the obvious technical reasons for pursuing Open
Source options, such as robust environments, stability, high
quality testing and interchangeable software. Of course, there were
other benefits and challenges, too..."