Department of Homeland Security

Approve use of Open Software instead of Microsoft or Oracle

OpenOffice performs almost all the same functions as Microsoft office with a similar interface. Why does hte Government pay these huge per seat costs to Microsoft when this product will do the same thing for free. Also, although there is a bit of a learning curve the various LINUX X-Windows environments could be used saving even more on licensing. We should also embrace using open source database software instead of the huge per-processor prices we pay to Oracle..

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