Linux Access in State and Local Government, Part I
Someone needs to tell the executives at Intel that an employee representing the company showed up at the Texas committee hearing for the opposition.
In Oregon, Speaker of the House Karen Minnis ordered HB 2892 killed. Reps. Barnhart and Wirth have attempted to resuscitate Oregon's open-source software bill with little success. Perhaps the irony of the Oregon situation lies in the fact that Linux is in widespread use in Oregon public school systems and in local government units.
Come to think of it, maybe the people at ACT found an acorn after all.
In Texas, time did not allow committee members to send SB 1579 to the House. Unlike Oregon, the Senate enjoys the support of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). In fact, DIR presented an open-source software recommendation to all agencies in Standards Review and Recommendation Publication, SRRPUB09-OSS. The recommendation states:
many of the applications used in government could be obtained and improved using the open source—this should support purchasing best value solutions and removing the reliance on an individual information technology vendor.
In subsequent parts of this series, we will look at individual cases where open-source software such as Linux works.
Tom Adelstein works as a Linux consultant in Dallas, Texas. His current interest lies in the field of web services, security and supporting Linux deployments.
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