Government agencies embracing open source: AGIMO

Government agencies embracing open source: AGIMO

Summary: Federal government agencies are adopting free and open source software (FOSS) with increasing zeal, according to a new study undertaken by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO). Two in three (68 percent) of respondents to an AGIMO survey of federal government agencies said they are actively using FOSS.

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Federal government agencies are adopting free and open source software (FOSS) with increasing zeal, according to a new study undertaken by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

Two in three (68 percent) of respondents to an AGIMO survey of federal government agencies said they are actively using FOSS.

The report, said an AGIMO spokesperson, shows "strong agency support" for open source -- with most agencies expecting use of such software to increase over the next five years.

The report also showed that users within government share some practical concerns around a lack of vendor support for open source software.

AGIMO in response wants to develop a strong user community within government, and foster greater awareness of the solutions available to agencies via regular events and the possible establishing of an open-source resource centre.

AGIMO has already scheduled a half-day seminar on the use of FOSS in November as a part of its Better Practice Seminar series, which aims to educate and inform government staff on IT and process improvement issues.

"The idea behind the event is to encourage information sharing among agencies and to inform agencies about free and open-source software usage across government," the AGIMO spokesperson said. "The event has the potential to grow to include a wider audience and industry participation."

AGIMO is also considering a review of what open-source solutions are already available and in use, what vendors are in the market and what support options are available.

An executive summary of the report will be released to the public at the end of the month.

Topics: Open Source, Government AU, Linux

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  • And so they should !

    Since it's coming out of the public purse then government should look for the most cost effective solutions, which generally means Open Source.
    If private companies want to flush their money down the toilet buying MS garbage then that's their perogative, but not with MY tax dollars thank you very much.
    I work within a LARGE federal government IT Security department and we have Ubuntu and Suse boxes galore, most of which are *ahem* "hidden" from the clueless SES clowns who are in the pocket of the MS sales reps.
    Only last week I had the pleasure of reformatting 200 Vista laptops and installing Ubuntu (Kubuntu actually) and VMware Workstation. Initially management did have some concerns about getting their usual level of &ss covering hand-holding support but when they asked who would give us support and if they were a decent outfit, and not some spotty German kid in his bedroom we said "What? Isn't Novell or IBM good enough for you ????"
    We got all the boxes we asked for, put it that way ;)
    anonymous
  • HAHAHHAHHAAAHHAA

    actually - IBM & Novell are not good enough for me. You're talking about two has beens there !!
    anonymous
  • Re: And so they should

    Novell and IBM are not has beens. They would not be making large government deals all over the world if they were has beens. They have brand recognition, a reliable history, large infrastructures in place for support, training options available and solid products which are proving their worth in the real world every day.

    Really - wake up to yourself!
    anonymous