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[News] Free Software Has Real Opportunity in Parts of US Government

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Government and Open Source Software

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| In order to understand the government's interest in open source software, one 
| must understand the government acquisition process.  


Blumenthal offers deadlines but puts off the hard decision

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| What all this should tell people in the health IT sector, whether proprietary 
| or open source, is that the game is afoot, and that negotiations on how open  
| source and proprietary programs will interact in a new health IT 
| infrastructure are underway. 
| The lobbying has begun in earnest.



Trash Talk

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| Is there something about Estonia that makes them special? According to the
| Open Source Index, they have the highest Community Activity rank of all the
| countries measured. Now, the US is not far behind in that metric, but I think
| we should look a little deeper. Perhaps Estonia scored so high because they
| have an ethos of community activity that naturally carries over to software.
| And perhaps the US scored so high because within the open source community we
| get it. But we remain a small minority within an enormous landfill of
| proprietary software development. When enlightened, American software
| programmers can be as good as the Estonians at community activity. The
| trouble is, there just aren't enough of us. Yet.


Where does Obama stand on open source?

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| Love him or hate him, Barack Obama will be President into 2013.
| This is a key moment for open source. In some ways it is going from strength
| to strength. But it remains vulnerable to counter-attack from the copyright
| industries.
| So far the President’s record on open source is mixed.


Does experience at Microsoft make for a good politician?

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| State Rep. Ross Hunter, a former Microsoft general manager, announced today
| that he's running for King County Executive, competing against four other
| candidates for the position. He's one of many former Microsofties now in the
| political arena -- and he's pointing to his experience at the Redmond company
| as a major selling point

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