Open source scores small victory at White House

Summary:Open source scored a victory at the White House this week with the government's choice to switch to Drupal for whitehouse.gov.

Open source scored a victory at the White House this week with the government's choice to switch to Drupal for whitehouse.gov.

The U.S. government's technology team announced that it had selected the open source content management system to make http://www.whitehouse.gov more transparent to consumers and developers.

This will allow programmers to view, inspect and fix the web site's code, government officials said. The news was reported over the weekend by the Associated Press.

Open Source for America has been pushing Obama's government to embrace more open choice software as a way to reduce costs and drive open standards for more transparency.  Last week, ConsortiumInfo's Andy Updegrove wrote a blog urging Obama to choose more FOSS.

Topics: Open Source, Government, Government : US

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