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|| ||News Item: Open Source for America Welcomes The Linux Box as Latest Member in Advocating Open Source in the U.S. Federal Government |
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Open Source for America Welcomes The Linux Box as Latest Member in Advocating Open Source in the
U.S. Federal Government
ANN ARBOR, M.I., August 18, 2009 - Joining a broad cross-section of more than 1,000 companies,
academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals, The Linux Box is now part of
Open Source for America, a unified voice for the promotion of open source in the U.S. Federal
government sector. Open Source for America strives to effect change in government to encourage
broader support of open source technologies and the open source development community.
"We've received great response from companies, organizations and individuals interested in joining
together to advocate for greater use of open source software in the U.S. federal government," said
David Thomas, principal at Mehlman Vobel Castagnetti and spokesman for the Open Source for America
campaign. "We are very pleased to welcome The Linux Box in joining our cause and look forward to
their active involvement in articulating the true value open source delivers to the U.S.
Founded in 1999, The Ann Arbor-based company is a bespoke software development consultancy that
customizes open source projects for clients across a variety of sectors. The Linux Box provides
professional services for organizations looking to gain competitive advantage, reduce IT costs and
increase the control they have over their open source technologies.
"As part of the Infrastructure Subcommittee, The Linux Box will be calling on over a decade of
integration and project management experience in the open source space," said Elizabeth Ziph, CEO
and co-founder of The Linux Box. "In this tough economic climate, both private and public
companies are leveraging open source technologies to solve business and IT challenges. The U.S.
government, however, has not been as quick to leverage the collaborative power of open source
software. As a member of OSA, we will do our best to promote the freedoms that open source
software and open technology solutions can provide ? an open, transparent and cost-effective option
? for government agencies."
As a member of Open Source for America, The Linux Box has pledged to support the organization's
mission and its founding principles. This includes the belief that the U.S. federal government can
and should become more transparent, participatory, secure and efficient by leveraging the
advantages of open source software; the open source community can drive collaborative innovation
for government; and the decision to use software should be driven solely by the requirements of the
To learn more about Open Source for America, please visit www.opensourceforamerica.org.
About The Linux Box
The Linux Box (www.linuxbox.com) is a professional services organization specializing in open
source technology and the Linux platform in the server, cluster and desktop environments. It
provides software development and customization services to a broad range of clients in industries
ranging from energy and financial services to government, life sciences and the utilities.
About Open Source for America
Open Source for America is a coalition of industry leaders, non-government groups and
academic/research institutions organized to serve as a centralized advocate, to encourage broader
U.S. Federal Government support of and participation in free and open source software. Membership
in Open Source for America is open to any individual or entity signing the campaign's mission
pledge. Learn more at www.opensourceforamerica.org. You can also follow Open Source for America
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OpenSourceGov
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