"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..."
"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..."
"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..."