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NH Encourages Use of Open Source

New Hampshire has enacted a law to encourage the use of open source software and open standards:
 
For all software acquisitions, each state agency, in consultation with the department of information technology, shall:
 
(a) Consider whether proprietary or open source software offers the most cost effective software solution for the agency, based on consideration of all associated acquisition, support, maintenance, and training costs;
 
(b) Except as provided in subparagraphs (d) and (e), acquire software products primarily on a value-for-money basis, based on consideration of the cost factors as described in subparagraph (a);
 
(c) Provide a brief analysis of the purchase decision, including consideration of the cost factors in subparagraph (a), to the chief information officer;
 
(d) Avoid the acquisition of products that do not comply with open standards for interoperability or data storage; and
 
(e) Avoid the acquisition of products that are known to make unauthorized transfers of information to, or permit unauthorized control of or modification of a state agency’s computer.