RealNews

Open source on hold in Oregon

A bill that would push Oregon’s state agencies to consider the use of Linux and other open-source software in information technology procurements is treading water. During hearings last month, industry opponents voiced major concerns over the effects such legislation would have on software development. As originally introduced, H.B. 2892 would have required state agencies to consider the use of open software in any IT purchases. Agencies already committed to using proprietary software could continue to use it, but they would have to justify its use when open-source software is available for the same purpose. If passed, it would make Oregon one of the first state governments in the nation to require consideration of open-source software purchases. Rep. Phil Barnhart, the bill’s author, claimed the law is necessary to help agencies cut costs, to enable better interoperability among IT systems and to increase opportunities for Oregon’s high-tech companies and workers. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.