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Linux: Reducing Costs in Government Applications


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When one thinks about "government" today, it is often about cuts in government services, the need to raise taxes, stopping or reducing deficit spending, and the general trend of doing more with less, writes Jean Staten Healy, director of Worldwide Cross IBM Linux Strategy, in a recent blog post. "This is not just at the Federal level, it is also a focus at the state and local government levels, too. In 2007, for the first time in history, the majority of the world's population-3.3 billion people-lived in cities. By 2050, city dwellers are expected to make up 70% of Earth's total population, or 6.4 billion people. So isn't it critical for us to start to understand just how technology fits into this ever-growing clamor for improved government services at reduced costs to the taxpayer?"

Healy will be speaking at the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) on Wednesday, October 27. Read her blog post on the DBTA website.

For more information about Healy's talk at GOSCON, titled "Efficiency? Lower Cost? Innovation?: What Does Linux and Open Source Mean to the Public Sector CIO in 2010?," go here.

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