Showing 8 ideas for tag "linux"

Department of Commerce

government standard open source computer operating system

We should be using a minimal auditable secure open source operating system throughout the government. Rather than invent one from scratch, use Linux or some BSD variant. Invest a few of the billions of dollars used to license untrustworthy commercial software to carefully audit the OS and some essential applications.

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Department of Defense

Cancel the JSpOC Mission System acquisition

The JSpOC Mission System (JMS) currently being bid for and led by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) under Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a redundant, bloated effort to replace aging stovepiped systems with new(er) non-industry standard stovepiped systems derived from code almost a decade old, completely ignoring the guidance set forth in DoD Directive 5000.1. The current Commerical-Off-The-Shelf products... more »

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Department of Defense

Government Operating System

Create a government operating system using open source software. Based on Linux or BSD. The cost savings for the Army alone is about $85M+ per year for Windows, I dont what more for MS Office, Anti-virus etc. A standard desktop with office suite, internet browser, anti-virus, PDF, disc burning etc is easily attainable with open source. There are plenty of Linux Distro's and several BSD based that prove the point.... more »

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Department of Defense

Microsoft Windows? Why Not Linux!?

We have a multi-million, possibly multi-billion dollar contract with Microsoft for the Windows operating system, Office programs and Server software. If we were to switch to Linux based operating systems, software packages and servers (Ubuntu, Mac Lion, Libre Office, etc.) we would instantly save those millions/billions in software licensing costs. In addition to the software being free and open source, it would be more... more »

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Department of Commerce

Linux Laptops to Remote Desktop to Government Computers

At the USPTO, we have thousands of laptops issued to teleworkers to remote desktop into their systems at work (be it virtual machines or their actual desktops). Each of these laptops have to have licenses for Windows, Adobe Acrobat, etc., in addition to the licenses required for the systems located at the USPTO campus. Since all of our work is done on the remote desktop, it would make much more financial sense to use... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Telecommuting via Portable Secure OS.

Sometimes employees are obliged to work from home, hotel, or other non-office location. Their department traditionally issues a computer or laptop. This physical property is expensive, vulnerable to theft, and vulnerable to data theft & loss. Solution? A thumbdrive operating system that can be started up from any computer at the employee's disposal.

This idea is already being spearheaded by the US Air Force Research... more »

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Department of Defense

Linux instead of Windows

The US government could save billions by switching to Linux. Linux is open source and can increase security because the source code can be adapted by government agencies. Right now, Microsoft costs the government billions and creates a security risk. This is a win win. Cost savings and increased security.

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