Open Source in Government: Newport News, Va.
Subject:   FOSS not that unusual in government settings
Date:   2004-01-16 17:22:34
From:   toddogas
It was great to read this interview. I just wanted to point out that the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is not unusual in U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government settings. It just tends to be a more-or-less quiet activity.

NewsForge had an article about this issue

I blogged late laster year about the
MIT/Harvard/Massachusetts Government FOSS Repository initiative

I also keep a running list of Open Source in Government news items at

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  • FOSS not that unusual in government settings
    2004-01-18 19:08:25  anonymous2 [View]

    If you are implementing Open Source products for a particlar use, or developing one or more Open Source applications for a single purpose, then it is best to keep it "under the radar". The press getting involved may only hurt your efforts.

    But, if you are trying to build a shared repository of software for local government, then you need participation and the press may be helpful. "Just build it quietly" would not be a practical alternative. There is too much work to do for any one person or organization.

    Andy Stein