New Hampshire mandates State use of Free and Open Source software and file formats

Posted by Bob_Robertson on May 9, 2012 9:32 PM EDT; By Seth Cohn, NH State Representative
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On May 11th, New Hampshire HB418, mandating that all State offices use Free and Open Source software and file formats takes effect, having been signed by the Governor on March 12th.

II. The general court further finds that:

(a) The acquisition and widespread deployment of open source software can significantly reduce the state’s costs of obtaining and maintaining software;

(b) Open source software guarantees that its encoding of data is not tied to a single provider;

(c) Open source software enables interoperability through adherence to open, platform-neutral standards;

(d) Open source software contains no restrictions on how, or for how long, it may be used; and

(e) Since open source software fully discloses its internal operations, it can be audited, at any time and by anyone of the state’s choosing, for internal functions that are contrary to the public’s interests and rights.

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A significant move in the right direction tracyanne 11 1,220 May 10, 2012 5:55 PM

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