Massachusetts Goes Open Source

Massachusetts is the first state to adopt a broad-based strategy of moving its computer systems toward open standards, including Linux OS. According to State Administration and Finance Secretary, Eric Kriss, the state's decision is driven by a desire to reduce licensing fees and a philosophy that "what the state has is a public good and should be open to all." Kriss told the Associate Press yesterday that the decision is the "most visible concrete action by a state government" to move toward open standards. Masschusetts will give preference to open-source software, but will continue to purchase proprietary products if they are found to be superior technologically or otherwise.

Here in-state, the Utah Department of Transportation has unveiled their new portal built using open source technologies. The UDOT Web team is interested in what you think of the new site, and seeks your feedback and any specific comments you may have. The new site will replace the old on October 6.

On the International scence it was announced yesterday that more than two dozen nations are considering proposals to promote or require the use of Linux in government offices. Japan, China and South Korea are among those who are collaborating over a plan to "embrace alternative operating systems." The Danish Board of Technology released a controversial report that e-government strategies should be based on open source technologies for fostering competition in the software market. The South African State Information Technology Agency reports it is now saving millions of Rands by implementing open source in the public sector. Israel announced it was working with Sun and IBM on designing a Hebrew version of Open Office software. Open Office is free, open-source office software that was originally based on StarOffice from Sun.

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