[ Originally posted on the ILUG Marketing SIG list. --adam ]
After giving Linux the cold shoulder for years, there are signs from the
federal government that it might be slowly flocking to the free operating
system and open source software.
In fact, an Ottawa open source advocate says a small pro-Linux organization
is already operating
quietly within Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
The Getting Open Source and Linux Into Governments group (GOSLINGS) formed
in May following a federal conference in Gatineau, Que. Goslings,
incidentally, are young geese, and the group is riffing off the penguin and
bird motif of Linux's trademark.
The new organization, which is probably the first internal group of its
type, hopes to host an official Web site through PWGSC early next year. If
that happens, itll be a small coup for the government open source movement,
its organizers say. PWGSC sets the IT standards for every other federal
department through its Government Telecommunications and Informatics
Services (GTIS) branch.
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