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Government Geeks Send Their Bosses to Open Source

Oct 17, 2007, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

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"I'm home in Portland (arguably the open source software conference capital of the world) for the third annual GOSCON get-together. Linux Foundation Executive Director and keynote speaker Jim Zemlin says he may have been mistaken in thinking that attendees were fairly well-versed in Linux and open source. The reality is that while these attendees--from city, county, state, federal and foreign governments--are already using, benefiting from and appreciating open source software, most are still seeking enlightenment on the subject.

"Zemlin, who spoke of the important role of open standards and ensuring they are truly open without proprietary, vendor hooks in parts or development, was not the only one who found the conference different than what he expected..."

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