Cost - It takes very little effort and doesn't cost the state anything
to publish the source code, we use a free service called
Source Forge. If we receive source code contributions
from outside developers it will actually result in a savings because the contributed
code is code that Vermont didn't have to pay developers to write.
To be a good Neighbor - Many people localize applications. Sharing
the code with others is a nice thing to do because it helps them accomplish their
goals while reducing their costs. Additionally, other people could adapt and enhance
the code to meet their needs.
Education - Vermonters who are studying Java software development could learn
by studying our code. Developers of open source software could legally copy and use
the code in their projects.
Better Software - With more people using our code and more developers looking at our
code, bugs would be more easily spotted and fixed.