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Cities of the Future, Part 4: Open Source Avenue

Apr 23, 2010, 01:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Adhikari)

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"As city administrators grapple with the notion of tying all their apps into one overarching network, should they be looking to open source as an alternative to apps from vendors?

"Enterprise-level open source apps exist, and are used both by the federal government and by large corporations.

"For example, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is using a solution combining open source business intelligence software from JasperSoft and business process software from HandySoft to increase operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness. This will save it 75 people-hours a day and more than US$1.5 million a year.

"The NRC isn't the only federal agency moving toward open source. The Rapid Access Computing Environment, which is part of the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), runs its network on Linux. DISA also recently launched Forge.mil, a Web site for sharing open source code within the military that's modeled after the popular SourceForge.net open source site."

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