Open Source Software, HB 2892
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Rep. Phil Barnhart (D-Central Lane and Linn Counties) has introduced HB 2892 to require state agencies to consider open source software when considering software, system, or network computer purchases. Rep Barnhart reported, "Oregon could save millions of dollars while increasing the flexibility, usefulness, and reliability of it computer systems."
Agencies currently committed to proprietary software could continue to use it, but would have to consider open source software as a new option. Agencies would have to justify the purchase of proprietary software when open source software for the same purpose is available.
The US Department of Defense is already using open source software because of its security attributes and its reliability. The State of Rhode Island is switching to open source software and several other states are considering it.
If HB 2892 passes Oregon will be the first state to recognize open source software in its statutes.