"Attendees of the first ever Government Open Source Conference
(GOSCON) in Portland, Ore., last week heard about how the thinking
and approach of government agencies must change to gain the
cost-savings and other advantages of open source software. The
event, which drew more than 200 open source business people,
government officials, and consultants, also featured debate on
whether open source software communities and businesses, too, must
change their thinking and approach to gain the benefits of
"In his lunch keynote, MedsSphere CEO and open source industry
veteran Larry Augustin highlighted how, according to Goldman Sachs,
70 percent of new software licensing revenue goes to sales and
marketing in the traditional, commercial software vendor model.
'We're effectively charging customers to sell them software,' he
joked. 'There's something wrong with this...'"