10. Whither Open Source?
As a number of VARs continue to tell Channelweb.com, the drumbeat for open source's role in government is getting louder every year. Before, that might have sounded like wishful thinking, but as the new, tech-savvy administration transitions, vendors and solution providers who deal open source in the public sector arena are suddenly feeling some traction.
Rest assured that's not lost on the government teams at vendors such as Red Hat -- which earlier this week kicked off a new channel program with open-source ISVs, plus distributors such as Tech Data and Synnex at its Red Hat Summit & JBoss World Conference -- or the organizers of the Government Open Source Conference -- this year moved to Washington, D.C., and in the fall, with dates to be announced any day now -- which was on the minds of a number of Red Hat Summit attendees, Channelweb.com has been advised.