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NewsForge: Government Watchdog Group Warns of Open Source Expense

Jul 20, 2004, 18:15 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"You might not think that Citizens Against Government Waste would be playing up the cost benefits of proprietary software for use by government, but the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization did just that with a recent press release.

"Praising the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its memorandum urging agencies to consider the total cost of ownership including lifecycle maintenance, risk, and ensuring security when acquiring software, CAGW indicated that open source can cost more. CAGW President Tom Schatz said people mistakenly refer to open source as free software because it can be freely altered and distributed, yet while the software itself might be free or cheaper than licensed software to purchase, the cost to maintain and upgrade open source can make it more expensive..."

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