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Salon.com: Log: Is the Oval Office going open source

Sep 14, 1999, 13:59 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Ville Oksanen for this link. ]

"Do big government and open-source software mix? Fans of free software may be about to find out, if a report in this week's Federal Times is on the money. Quoting an unnamed "senior White House official," the Federal Times reports that the White House, worried about an over-reliance on Microsoft and concerned with security issues, is planning to "diversify the types of operating systems software purchased by the government."

"According to the weekly newspaper -- a Gannett subsidiary targeted at federal government employees -- the National Security Council "soon will create a new office to assess the ways federal agencies could make greater use of open-source, or nonproprietary, software that is freely available to anyone."

"The news is intriguing on several levels. Open-source software advocacy has historically included a strong libertarian sentiment. As open-source evangelist Eric Raymond is wont to argue, open-source software -- software programs in which the underlying code is made freely available to the general public -- is simply better, and the free market will eventually recognize that fact to the detriment of proprietary software companies."

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