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Re: [News] US Government Pressured Some More to Adopt Free Software

Roy Schestowitz wrote:

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> Dear Mr. President: Buy open source
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> | Last week, a group of open source execs sent an open letter to the
> | president, asking that he "make the use of open source software a key
> | component of every new technology initiative the United States
> | government enters into."
> | 
> | [...]
> | 
> | Software isn't a seat belt, but the stakes are equally high. The signers
> | of the letter to Obama had it right: Open source should be on the short
> | list when the government buys software. And modest government
> | investments in software security would have the secondary effect of
> | putting IT workers back on the job.
> `----
> http://weblog.infoworld.com/tech-bottom-line/archives/2009/02

I don't know why USA doesn't ban closed source.
Nearly all closed source, government departments, military
and google rely 100% on open source for their daily existence.

>From routers to flat TVs, from IP cams to satnav, its all powered
under the hood by Linux. The world's economies would fail
if it were not for Linux supporting the entire IT infrastructure.
Linux sells 3 million+ embedded Linux gadgets PER DAY alone.
Thats thousands upon thousands of factories around the globe
employing millions of people with Linux powering the innovation
and the glue. Even in recession open source companies are
expanding making and selling new Linux products.

Banning closed source software will just keep on accelerating
that trend and create more jobs and opportunities than
failed politics and economics of closed source.

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