A Peek At What Some Governments Are Doing With FLOSS

Free/Libre Open Source Software is the right way to do IT. Concrete examples of doing IT the right way can be seen in governments adopting FLOSS. For example, every government of any size needs a way to manage assets. A small organization might do it with index cards. That still works but it doesn’t scale. How many people can access that stack of index cards? IT is the right way to keep track of assets. A web interface to a database and web-applications is the way to go.

Should every government on the planet invent its own database management system to do this? That would be a foolish waste of resources. Should every government pay some business somewhere for a “solution”? That’s reasonable and often done, but it too is a waste of resources. That business gets paid many times for doing the work once, a good deal for them but everyone else pays too much.

No, the right way to go is to use FLOSS. One government somewhere combines FLOSS components and distributes the resulting system to the world as FLOSS. If every government does that to some extent, the world’s cost of government drops precipitously for software. That’s the right way to do IT. Just ask taxpayers…

An example: The Italian municipality of Udine got together with Tecnoteca Srl as maintainer and Cogiket Srl as consultants got together to create . It’s an amazing structure using a dozen FLOSS projects.

Quoting the organization,
“CMDBuild® application, if correctly configured and managed, offers to managers and IT operators answers to these common questions:

  • how many resources do I have
  • where is located a specific asset and who and how is using it
  • is it (the asset) part of something and what’s his composition
  • which are the warranties or licenses expiring
  • do I have all the required software licenses
  • what’s the asset life cycle
  • which are the connections between asset and network devices
  • changes to this asset implies changes to other assets
  • which are the jobs waiting for my action
  • who worked on an asset and when, with which authorization, what’s the final result

Perfect, eh? It works for many operating systems on server and clients but GNU/Linux is recommended. Now, why aren’t businesses doing the same thing? They have the same sorts of issues as governments. They could share software-development rather than paying multiple times for the same effort by M$ and “partners”.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to A Peek At What Some Governments Are Doing With FLOSS

  1. dougman says:

    Raytheon did the same thing with Linux and its UAV program. Windows has no use in a military environment, same thing could be said for healthcare, education, banking and business.

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