There seems to be an increase in adoption of open source in the halls of government. Why? The obvious assumption is that it’s all cost driven, that governments are desperate to save money, much as enterprises feel the pinch.
But I believe the story is much bigger and that government agencies have recognized the compelling benefits beyond cost savings, including increased efficiency, more productive employees, greater flexibility and agility in integrating applications, and solving problems faster by leveraging a larger community to evolve applications at a pace that the closed source world can’t keep up with. And it may be that unlocking restrictive license terms might have something to do with it, too.
Read a few of my latest musings around how Uncle Sam is meeting open source with open arms on my latest Network World post. I encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts on government projects that rely on open source.