Showing 12 ideas for tag "open source software"

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce software expenses with open source software and standards

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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Department of the Interior

Use reliable free open source software

Stop paying expensive liscensing fees for proprietary software for millions of work stations. If we switch to something reliable and secure like Open Office (by two trustworty non-profit software developers - Sun Microsystems and Oracle) instead of Microsoft Office, we could save tons of money on upgrading every 4 years, and support digital preservation of our files. The proprietary files will be impossible to open in... more »

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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

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

SAAS, Use it! Just like you did with ideascale!

The government has become uncomfortable with the concepts of IT risk, we rarely develop tools in house and we are all to comfortable to pay contractors to develop something that we then pay them to sustain.

The incentives are wrong, we lock ourselves in with software organizations and large contractor software development houses.

Use smaller, leaner organizations that approach a single problem and solve it well, stop... more »

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Department of Defense

Migrate to Linux and Open Desktop Suite during Consolidation

Computer (IT) equipment (HW) would not need to be updated with the frequency that is common with Microsoft (MS) products if this idea were followed: Each newly-installed MS operating system (OS) is usually coupled with new desktop (PC) HW. When aligning and/or consolidating IT (at time of organizational merger), significant cost savings would be realized by choosing an OS that would not need new HW. PCs often run the... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Software ownership - Government should own Source Code

As contracts are currently written, private corporations retain ownership of the source code on custom software paid for by government. This makes it impossible to improve, fix or change software without using the same contractor.

 

Open and public Source software would allow for a contractor to create the original program, but allow for any federal worker to improve it at no additional cost.

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General Services Administration

Eliminate the ACSI survey and replace with a forum

The ACSI survey is the popup survey that you see when you visit an agency's webpage. But the surveys have way too many questions, it takes too long to do, and agencies are not required to make any changes based on the feedback provided from the survey.

So I suggest that each agency have a feedback page where visitors can post their comments and the agency is required to make these public. So if the agency has a very... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate licensing costs for online training and share con

Almost every Agency, Bureau and Office is paying for one--if not several--technology platforms to deliver online learning courses. The costs are in the millions of dollars and the satisfaction level is generally pretty low. What's more, each agency is paying to develop similar mandatory training modules (such as Ethics, No Fear Act, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security).
A conservative estimate shows that moving to an open... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Use GIMP not Photoshop, LibraOffice not Microsoft office

Open source software is readily available to be used in place of high dollar software. Particularly, GIMP is photoediting software that is very similar to Photoshop but is free software. The same is true for Libraoffice which is a free version of microsoft office. This would save money for anyone that uses a computer.

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