Massachusetts has adopted a new policy that favors open-source software and adherence to open standards in government computing systems, a state official said.
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).
although it will continue to purchase proprietary products if they are found to be superior technologically or otherwise,
The German city of Munich announced plans earlier this year to shift 14,000 PCs to Linux, and Asian governments have formed a coalition to explore open-source options.
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