Department of the Interior

Open Source Software

Open Source software has proven to be reliable and effective in numerous organizations and governments around the world. Operating systems such as Ubuntu, servers such as Apache, and desktop software like OpenOffice.Org all provide free alternatives to software that we spend millions of dollars to license. If we simply moved our network servers onto Apache from licensed proprietary systems we would save a fortune, while using the unequivocally best server product in the world. Desktop solutions would require more spending on support, but that information and expertise would contribute to improving these products, and creating a more tech-savvy workforce. Another advantage to open source technology is that it improves the ability for the public to utilize and participate in government by encouraging the use of open file formats.

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