More than half of all U.S. government executives have rolled out open-source software at their agencies, and 71 percent believe their agency can benefit from open-source software, according to a survey.
“Fifty-five percent of respondents said their agencies have been involved or are currently involved in an open-source implementation, according to the survey, commissioned by the Federal Open Source Alliance”
The survey of 218 IT decision-makers in the U.S. government found that 88 percent of those in intelligence agencies said that their agencies can benefit from open source. This may not be surprising, considering that the U.S. National Security agency has been supporting a secure Linux project, called Security Enhanced Linux, since 2001.
Ninety percent of the respondents who have implemented open-source software said they believe their agency benefits. The top reasons for embracing open-source software, according to the survey, were the ability to access advanced security capabilities and customize open-source applications, and a trend toward consolidated data centers.
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