Korea and New England Commit to Open-Source

By Deane Barker on October 2, 2003

Korea launches a switch to open source: They may seem like strange bedfellows, but two announcements this week strengthen open-source in government IT structures:

“Thousands of computers in ministries, government-linked organizations and universities in South Korea will replace Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Office productivity suite with open-source alternatives under the plan, according to the country’s Ministry of Information and Communication.”

And in New England, Massachusetts announced:

“…the policy says in evaluating new technology purchases, the state will give preference to open-source software and products that adhere to open standards such as Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).”



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