Obama Admin. considers open source

January 21, 2009 5:51:15 PM PST
A Silicon Valley executive has an idea for saving taxpayers a lot of money.

Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy has been asked by the Obama Administration to prepare a paper on switching the government's computers to open source software.

It's free and some experts say it could save the government millions.

McNealy tells the BBC that "Open source does not require you to pay a penny to Microsoft, IBM, Oracle or any proprietary vendor."

No word from the Obama Administration on if or when such a change might take place.