South Korea announced last week plans to create a “Linux showcase city” and University. The central government plans to pay a city - they haven’t announced which one yet but we should know by the end of March - to roll out Linux across its servers and desktops. The University will have a similar deployment, but will also act as a technical centre and breeding ground for new and improved software. The plan is to show other cities, both nationally and internationally, that such a project is both feasible and beneficial.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the international date line, civic officials in the town of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, USA are preparing for a new e-government system built using an open source CMS on a LAMP stack. The move is part of a larger, statewide project to facilitate collaboration and interoperability. ZDNet has an interview with some of the protagonists.