Today the United States government is still mostly a Windows world, but a group devoted to pushing open source software into public agencies declares it is observing progress on a few fronts.
The OSSI (Open Source Software Institute) has functioned with government agencies on multitude projects for the last 10 years. A recently assigned member of the advisory council of non-profit and also the chief technology officer of defence contractor L-3 Communications, AJ Jaghori states that the move toward cloud computing and mobile is accelerating the government trend deploying open source software, in spite of the sector’s traditional reluctance.
Jaghori says that he doesn’t think the government is intending to be the same place the commercial industry is on basis of using open source software and he also added that the higher you move in sensitivity of data, the more time it takes to take open source.
Jaghori also persuades that open source may be more reliable than proprietary software and he states that use of open source in government is essentially picking up.
He gives some examples. NASA cooperated with Rackspace to create OpenStack, software for developing cloud computing networks. Jaghori says that NASA presents some kind of the summa cum laude if it comes to open source.
Open Source Software Institute has worked together with the government on some projects including the Open Security Technology program of the Department of Homeland Security, a $10 million initiative to sameness open source which may boost cybersecurity, the Department of Defense’s Open Source Corporate Management Information System, a decade-long partnership and a government-developed worker management system to supervise agency personnel with the United States Navy to boost common deployment of open source.
Jaghori also mentions that a lot of government developers utilize Linux, though Windows still represents the standard.
While OpenStack shows the role open source may play in cloud computing and mobile technology for tablets and smartphones is another possibility for open source.
At L-3, Jaghori operates a mobile technologies practice which makes iPhone and Android application development for the government. It appears the open source model of Google’s Android Linux-based mobile operating system is calling to government agencies according to Jaghori.
Jaghori declares that 95% of all agencies he was talking about have started to look at Android. The agencies are really intrigued by the chance to render an operating system such as Android and call it their own and also develop around it.
The movement toward open source in government may happen very well without even groups like OSSI, but the organization lives to help and educate the government to comprehend the opportunities which are available.
Nowadays there are many of the open source initiatives of the government that are in pilot phase. Jaghori still augurs 5 years from now the role of open source is intending to be more dominant.