Saturday, 23 January 2010

Encouraging signs

According to Ars Technica, the Open Source movement is a beneficiary of California's budget crisis. The State's CIO has said that he has no problem with the use of Open Source software, and San Francisco's mayor says that city departments must consider OS in future projects, to save money.
"Neither policy mandates a preference for open source software. San Francisco's policy appears to be a stronger endorsement, however, because it requires consideration of open source solutions, whereas the state policy merely reminds IT purchasers that open source solutions are acceptable for consideration."

About time, but will Microsoft fight back? Expect large doses of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) in public statements from Redmond.

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