It’s been less than a week since Obama became the sworn-in President of the United States, and he has certainly not wasted any time taking action. One of the most fascinating things has he accomplished in the first week of his term, something that ranked as high as the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay in his priorities, was to try to figure out how open-source could benefit the US government.
Plenty of stories have appeared on various news sites claiming Obama has approached the leader of Sun Microsystems and asked for a report showing the benefits of Open-Source in the Whitehouse. Since parts of the US government already use and benefit from Open-Source technology, and they were allowed to use whatever software they chose in the past, I can only hope that this report will bring about total adoption of Open-Source Technology in the US government.
How does that affect us here in the Ubuntu community? Well, as Ubuntu is the leader in Open-Source operating systems, it seems to be the logical step for me. If you mandated use of Open-Source software for everybody, why would you provide allowance for OS X or Vista in the budget if they were not required to run the software in question? I think we’ll see either Ubuntu in the Whitehouse, or large steps in that direction in the next few years.
Go ahead and comment below—what do you think will happen, and how do you think Open-Source could provide an advantage over Windows XP Service-Pack 1 with proprietary software?