Obama considering open source?
Newly-elected US president Barak Obama may be considering open source software for use in government. That is according to Sun Microsystems co-founder, Scott McNealy.
McNealy has told the BBC that he has been asked to prepare a paper on the use of open source software in government for the new Obama-led administration.
“It is intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software,” he said. “Open source does not require you to pay a penny to Microsoft or IBM or Oracle or any proprietary vendor any money.”
McNealy’s Sun Microsystems has had a long association with open source software through its support for OpenOffice.org and its own OpenSolaris operating system.
He said that he wants to ensure that the government does not get “locked in” to one specific vendor or company.
“The government ought to mandate open source products based on open source reference implementations to improve security, get higher quality software, lower costs, higher reliability – all the benefits that come with open software.”
Full report at BBC.