CUNY, Red Hat launch open-source lab

Government officials in New York will be able to test open-source software at a new laboratory being created by the City University of New York, in collaboration with software maker Red Hat Inc. and Intel Corp.

The New York City Open Source Solutions Lab is being established at the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development. The lab resources will be available to New York-based government IT professionals to test and evaluate open-source software solutions based on Intel architecture.

Intel will contribute computer hardware; Red Hat will contribute enterprise Linux software to the lab. Both companies will supply support services. CUNY will provide expertise as well.

'Given the growth potential of the open-source market, we anticipate that CUNY's Institute for Software Design and Development will offer significant assistance to government agencies in evaluating and testing new open-source technology solutions that will enable them to better serve our city's residents,' said CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor Allan Dobrin in a news release.

New York City CIO Paul Cosgrave expects the lab to facilitate open-source adoption. 'It's an ideal proving ground for testing the value proponent of open source and leveraging those cost savings for our agencies," Cosgrave said in the release.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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