Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Open source and governement.

The BBC has an interesting entry regarding the new US government and the role open source software could potentially play in it.

The article outlines the standard benefits to using open source. What I think will be interesting is if the government will live up to its "open and transparent government" promise. Another aspect of open source technology not usually mentioned is job creation. There are always going to be more open source developers in the world because there is no cost to learning it (aside from a computer and Internet connection). If the government were to adapt open source, they will also need people who understand it.

I also wonder when the Canadian government will gets its' act together and start looking at open source technology.