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Open source and government – A 15 year adventure

Last week, there were a bunch of articles about the US government being newly interested in open source.   Specifically, President Obama requested a report on the use of open source from Scott McNealy, chairman and former CEO of Sun Microsystems.    Never mind if Scott McNealy is the best person to write such a report, what’s interesting for me is that open source has finally becoming so mainstream that the President is requesting a report about it.

Of course, open source in the US government is nothing new.   Almost 15 years ago, I build a bunch of systems on Linux, Apache and other open source projects.   One of the first things I worked on was a e-commerce site for the US Travel and Tourism Administration.   Read more…