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InfoWorld: Focus on Open Source in US Government

Mar 15, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross, Ed Scannell)

[ 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..."

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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..."

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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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