The Case for Government Promotion of Open Source Software


Open source software has natural strengths which benefit individual users. Above and beyond this, the widespread use of open source software holds advantages for the U.S. economy as a whole, and it is for this reason that a careful program of government promotion and encouragement would be justified and beneficial.

End Notes

1 See:

2 The full text of these guidelines are found at

3 An example of such a license is the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License, which can be found at

4 See:

5 Ibid.

6 Ibid.

7 See:

8 See:

9 See:

10 See:

11 See:

12 See:,4,23811,00.html? .

13 One such company is Red Hat Inc.,

14 See Bruce Schneier's Applied Cryptography, second edition, Wiley, 1996.

15 "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," chapter 10 (see note 4).

16 See:

17 See:

18 See the NetAction White Paper, "From Microsoft Word to Microsoft World: How Microsoft Is Building A Global Monopoly," by Nathan Newman, at

19 Cassidy, John, "The Force of an Idea," The New Yorker, January 12, 1998, p. 32.

20 Ibid.

21 "Halloween 1" (see note 10).

22 Ibid.

23 Ibid.

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