Is there a stimulus package on the way for those who use Linux and Open Source Software? You bet there is but it might not come from where you'd expect. Too many wasted stimulus dollars have already rained down upon those who wasted their own money but this time it'll be different. Sure, it will. I hear you. But this time it will be different.
Let's say for a moment that Vivek Kundra, the new Federal CIO and Open Source Software proponent, manages to shake this whole FBI investigation and bribery scandal that is taking place in his former office while he's on a leave of absence from his post and actually gets to serve this administration. What can we expect from him?
I expect to see corporate tax breaks for those who:
1. Implement Green Technology.
2. Use Open Source Software.
3. Give Something Back to the Open Source Community.
4. Continue to Innovate.
5. Create New Jobs.
I am also hopeful that Kundra will, with Obama's guidance, ensure that stimulus money goes toward creating new jobs in America. I believe that stronger than any tax breaks or stimulus dollars being thrown at greedy C-Level executives are jobs. Jobs create disposable (surplus) income which means that people buy things and stimulate the economy.
What doesn't stimulate the economy?
1. Offshore Outsourcing.
2. Giving More Money to Those Who've Wasted it Already.
3. Providing Tax Breaks to Those Who Aren't Paying Taxes.
4. Rewarding Greed.
I think that we all had high hopes for the new administration, the promise of change, the goal of corporate accountability, and the creation of new jobs. I'm watching to see the final outcome of this latest scandal and will keep an eye on whomever takes the office if Kundra has to concede.
Linux can't stimulate the economy on its own. It can help. I think this economy will stimulate the adoption of Linux and Open Source technologies in record numbers. And, regardless of who's in office, Linux will always be there to serve and saving you money.
Write back and let me know how you think that Linux and Open Source can or will be used to stimulate the economy.