SOFTWARE

McNealy: Benefits of open source can't be ignored

Obama administration may agree; asks Sun Microsystems' co-founder to write paper on the subject

Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy says he has been asked by the Obama administration to prepare a paper on open source technologies and products, according to a report by the British Broadcasting Corp.

McNealy believes that open source technology is the key to a more secure and cost effective government, because it "does not require you to pay a penny to Microsoft or IBM or Oracle or any proprietary vendor any money" for products, he told the BBC.

Sun Microsystems' Java programming language is an example of an open source product used in billions of devices such as mobile phones and computers. Instead of charging for a copyrighted program, by and large any open source product is publicly available, is licensed under royalty free terms for unrestricted use and has an open code for all to see, copy and adapt for free.

McNealy also told the BBC he would not want the government to get locked in to one specific open source vendor or company.

To read the complete BBC story, click here.

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