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It increases the odds that security threats will get patched
Adding new features or maintaining the software will be cheaper since the government could hire anyone to work on it (including the original developers of the application).
This reduces the possibilities that the original software developers overcharge the government for adding "must have" features
It decreases the odds of systemic election fraud (see Kansas)
Using and therefore developing open source software has economic benefits for society as well as being a social good: the benefit of improving the software accrues not just to the people creating the software and the people paying for the software to be created.
It increases transparency of government spending to make or update software.
It would save taxpayer money to not license software
because good quality free software should be a human resource available to all, not a commodity artifically kept scare and held away from people.
The government should use what is more cost-effective within projected lifecycle of sw.
It should allow solutions based on stable de facto standard open-source software in its tenders, but let the market regulate, whether they get offered by contractors at competitive short and long-term prices
When the software crashes, who does the government address to solve the problem, and who does it sue in order to get repaid for the eventual losses?
Presumably this is referring either to 'whichever government one is under' or to 'the government I am under'.
It makes vulnerabilities visible to "the enemy"
It would turn us all into communists
Its not clear that adoption of open source software would lead to much of society adopting a different political philosophy. wtfrank
No way it can accomplish that feat. argulonia
Many civilian activities are classified, and for good reason. Everyday, thousands of Federal employees are actively involved in supporting military operations around the globe. Diplomatic negotiations require assurances that they cannot access by the world. Police systems assist in sensitive cases.