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[News] More Moves to Free Software in EU and US Government

  • Subject: [News] More Moves to Free Software in EU and US Government
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:45:32 +0000
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European Parliament To Restart The Workgroup On Open Source Software

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| A number of members of the European 
| Parliament are about to start an informal 
| cross-party working group on 'New Media, 
| Free and Open Source Software and Open 
| Information Society'. The intergroup is 
| expected to begin in February 2010, with the 
| support of the European People's Party 
| (EPP), the Alliance of Liberals and 
| Democrats (Alde) and the European Greens.


The Bugs in Mayor's Open Source Software Announcement

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| So what does it mean for San Franciscans? 
| Not much, yet. It will probably be a few 
| years before the city realizes significant 
| savings, much less improved efficiency and 
| interoperability. And for open source 
| developers in San Francisco, it will 
| probably be a long time before city IT 
| employees (or citizens) are enabled or 
| empowered to contribute to the codebase of 
| open source software on city time or for the 
| city's benefit. But hey, the taxpayer-funded 
| Web site built for Newsom is apparently 
| powered by open source solutions, so there's 
| that.


Open-source Austin

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| While there is no way most cities can 
| compete with national and state governments 
| in terms of scandal and sleaze, there are 
| many ways they can enhance public awareness 
| and involvement. One innovative way to do 
| this is by adapting open-source software.
| San Francisco recently enacted the nationâs 
| first open-source software policy for city 
| government, and Austin should follow because 
| it will save the city millions, lead to 
| greater public involvement and improve how 
| our city runs.
| Open-source software is software for which 
| the source code is free to access and modify 
| and not copyrighted. Essentially, it means 
| that anybody who wants to can access the 
| software and improve upon it. This is ideal 
| for city government because it allows the 
| public to collectively utilize its talent to 
| improve the way the city runs.



Why Open Source is the New Software Policy in San Francisco

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| Moving forward, there is an opportunity to
| save millions of dollars in software costs by
| using open source software. We are only
| scratching the surface. We can and must do
| more in the face of historic budget deficits.
| Our new open source policy requires the City
| to choose new technology wisely.
| This is just the beginning of the Open Gov
| movement in San Francisco, but our early
| efforts are paying off.
| Since the launch of DataSF last summer, the
| Cityâs clearinghouse of government datasets,
| we have seen our tech community create new
| services and products never dreamed of within
| the walls of government. And now we are giving
| people access to technology systems like our
| 311 call center through open source, so they
| can decide how and when they interact with
| government.

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