In a time when the government is facing possible default, it is almost criminally negligent to spend $50 billion per year subsidizing commercial software companies. Free open source software can provide direct component-for-component replacements for virtually all desktop and server software at zero cost. Support costs are irrelevant, since the government computer support employees are being paid anyway. If all PCs ran linux with OpenOffice, a population of 25 million government PCs would save a minimum of $10Billion (billion with B) per year. If you add server and web software, the savings look more like $50Billion. And the open source software runs better and is more secure. It is the height of negligence to ignore this painless and beneficial opportunity.
Idea No. 455