Encouraging article from the Beeb:

“President Obama has said he is prepared to go through the budget “line by line” to cut wasteful spending…”

McNealey, asked to write a report on the advantages, comments:

“It’s intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software,” …”Open source does not require you to pay a penny to Microsoft or IBM or Oracle or any proprietary vendor any money.”

The article also contains quotes from OSI President Michael Tiemann:

“It’s an accident of history that proprietary standards became so entrenched so early and it’s been a colossal expense for government.”Mr Tiemann said while some departments already use open source technologies, overall it has been estimated that the global loss due to proprietary software is “in excess of $1 trillion a year.

Here’s to hoping we see some action followed by McNealy’s report.