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Submission + - Securing Americans' Value and Efficiency by Open Source (

imamac writes: "In 2009, President Obama called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” Over the past three years, the President’s SAVE (Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency) Award fulfilled this commitment by enabling Federal employees from across the government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process."

One of the best ways to save tax dollars (it would seem to me) is to rid ourselves of MS, Oracle, etc as much as possible on the federal level and let that effect trickle down to the state and local levels. While, there are a few suggestions about FOSS (This and this for example), the most "popular" one only has 5 votes. Slashdot, how can we push for this?


Submission + - Apple Lossless Goes Open Source (

imamac writes: The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) has now been released as open source. "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec project contains the sources for the ALAC encoder and decoder. Also included is an example command line utility, called alacconvert, to read and write audio data to/from Core Audio Format (CAF) and WAVE files. A description of a 'magic cookie' for use with files based on the ISO base media file format (e.g. MP4 and M4A) is included as well." It has been released under the Apache License.

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