Open source gaining ground at local level

State and local governments are giving more consideration to use of open-source code to help relieve budget pressures, according to market research firm Input Inc.

The Reston, Va.-based firm reported this month that state and local government agencies are leading the public sector market in adopting open-source software because of IT budget restraints, increasing hardware and software licensing costs, and the need to manage operations more aggressively than the federal government.

'Despite recent government initiatives to write their own software code, it is very unlikely that agencies will develop OSS solutions on their own,' said James Krouse, Input's manager of state and local market analysis. He said state agencies generally don't have the expertise and manpower to develop these solutions.

In addition to saving money, governments are adopting open-source software products to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of and accessibility to public information.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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