The Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria has put a new IBM zSeries and Linux solution in place that allows it to access the Web while maintaining high security standards. And the West Yorkshire Police has an electronic video system, known as the Video Identity Parade Electronically Recorded, that helps fight crime by simplifying the identification of suspects by witnesses and victims. It is far quicker and costs less than traditional line-ups. The new electronic parade can be displayed on any standard laptop computer, while the creation, editing, storage and retrieval of the electronic snapshots from the video database is done at minimal cost by using Linux clusters, built from industry standard hardware.Todays moves also follow an agency-wide memo recently issued by the chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) outlining the departments policy on acquiring, using and developing open-source software, including Linux. The formal DOD approval follows a January report that identified 115 open-source applications and more than 250 open-source projects already in process at the department. In Beijing, a city government official this week also announced Beijings intent to increase its use of Linux for upcoming IT projects and follows the recent opening of Beijings new Linux Research Center, run in partnership with IBM, to help local companies improve Linux skills and develop applications that run on Linux. "This weeks announcements are more evidence that Linux and an open approach to computing is a powerful alternative to proprietary systems. Worldwide, thousands of customersincluding government agencies in France, Spain, UK, Australia, Mexico, the United States and Japanhave now embraced Linux," Corsini concluded.
Details on the software that these governmental agencies have replaced with Linux and IBM hardware were not immediately available. But these latest Linux moves come a year after the German government said it was moving to standardize on Linux and an open-source IT model at the federal, state and local levels. As part of this move, the government signed a non-exclusive contract with IBM that would facilitate moving its agencies to Linux and helping develop innovative IT solutions based on open standards. More than 500 agencies throughout the country have signed up for the service, Corsini said.