Slashdot NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source by Ray Beckerman

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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source
Ray Beckerman
05/29/2014

"New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (KallosEsq), who also happens to be a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer, just introduced legislation to mandate a government preference for FOSS and creating a Civic Commons website to facilitate collaborative purchasing of software. He argues that NYC could save millions of dollars with the Free and Open Source Software Preferences Act 2014, pointing out that the city currently has a $67 million Microsoft ELA. Kallos said: 'It is time for government to modernize and start appreciating the same cost savings as everyone else.'"

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