CIO has a nice piece on six megatrends driving technology in government — Choosing Your Priorities. Lot of open source and Linux talk in this piece. Which is great. Solaris is mentioned, too:
Sun recently went so far as to open-source, and give away, its enterprise-level Solaris operating system. That bold move presents tantalizing new options for government departments, many of whom have already standardized on Solaris and may have just found another reason not to give it up for Windows Server.
The open source section in the article concludes with this:
It is a philosophical step towards self-determination on the part of government, and in the long term could prove to be a real empowerment to government organizations that have long felt tied to the whim of proprietary vendors.
Self-determination. Real empowerment. Nice.