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Should governments use open source software: Is there a public interest software being more open and publicly "owned"?

  • Yes, governments should use open source software.

    I strongly support the open source movement, and I believe that governments should, too. First of all, from a fiscal standpoint, open source software tends to be free or very cheap, so there's an economic incentive. Secondly, in my experience, open source software works just as well as commercially-available software. It's a viable, cheaper alternative.

  • Governments Have Better Things To Do

    As with many issues, again I believe that government should stay out of the software business. I believe that when you allow governments to start offering open source software you're asking for more spying and intrusion into ones privacy.

    I believe that governments should focus on creating a safe environment, free from terrorist attacks, and focus on creating environments that is conducive to creating jobs.


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