Road to Open Source
Rhode Island uses LAMP model to reduce cost of online portal.Whether its determining what constitutes a milk quality grade or finding out when you can dig for clams in Narragansett Bay, the citizens of Rhode Island are some of the first in the nation who can find their government-issued dictates on systems created with open-source tools. Rhode Island put itself on the cutting edge of hot-technology uptake last year when it became one of the first state governments to get beyond traditional government conservatism and implement open-source technology. The gamble is paying off: The bill for the states rules and regulations database came in at $40,000only $6,000 of which was hardware costsand took one consultant four months working only two days a week to complete. The project entailed putting a long-awaited rules and regulations database online with MySQL, the open-source database from MySQL AB, of Uppsala, Sweden. The implementation followed a model for open-source deployments called LAMP that includes the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, MySQL database and any of three development languagesPHP, Perl or Python.
The portal, which is available to anyone through the states Web site, runs under Red Hat Inc.s Linux 7.2 and sits on a Dell Computer Corp. PowerEdge server that came with a MySQL database pre-installed.