Portland to be U.S. Open Source capital?

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The Christian Science Monitor reports that Portland, Oregon, is rapidly becoming ground zero for a burgeoning Open Source development community. The story was also picked up by USA Today.

...open source is fast gaining converts, shattering traditional business models, and, in the process, transforming Portland into one of the world's open source hubs...

  • Companies like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel have developed their own open-source labs here.
  • Linus Torvalds, author of Linux, the first mainstream open-source operating system, moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the Open Source Development Lab in Portland.
  • In mid-October the city hosted the first Government Open Source Conference, a gathering for state and municipal technology managers interested in using open-source software in the public sector.
  • Most recently, Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski announced a $350,000 contribution from Google to develop open-source software, hardware, and curricula at Oregon State University, which boasts an Open Source Lab, and Portland State University.