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[News] Department of Defence Goes with Free Software for Technical Reasons Alone

  • Subject: [News] Department of Defence Goes with Free Software for Technical Reasons Alone
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:16:38 +0100
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DOD rethinks buy versus build software quandry

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| Over the past decade, the Defense Department, and federal agencies 
| in general, have embraced the idea of using commercial-off-the-
| shelf (COTS) software whenever possible. Why build when it's less 
| expensive to buy? Why reinvent the wheel?
| [...]
| DISA had to build these applications for a number of reasons, 
| Nelson noted. In some cases, no commercial applications existed in 
| the marketplace that could do the tasks needed. In other cases, 
| software was available, though it was too expensive. Or the 
| software did something similar to what DISA needed, but the agency 
| would need to modify its processes to meet the workflow of the 
| software. Or, lastly, commercial software providers or software-
| development-focused contractors told DISA that the software the 
| agency sought just couldnât be built at all, Nelson said.



Carahsoft Awarded U.S. DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Contract for Open
Source Solutions

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| Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider,
| today announced that it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense ESI
| Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Open Source Solutions. The contract
| encompasses software and support services from Red Hat, JBoss, Alfresco,
| Pentaho, MySQL, and CollabNet.


Defense Department makes more open source moves

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| At a technology transfer showcase hosted by Johns Hopkins a defense IS
| official noted all this will help DoD âleverageâ improvements to CMIS made by
| other agencies, universities or individuals. But thatâs the open source deal
| â you benefit from me and I benefit from you.


US Defense Dept. goes public with some open source plans

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| As a next step in open source, the DoD is teaming up with the Open Source
| Software Institute (OSSI) on a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
| (CRADA) that will allow over 50 federal administration applications to be
| publicly distributed under an open source license.


DoD to Open Source Corporate Management Information System

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| âSecondly, since CMIS is now released under an open source license,
| commercial, academic and non-profit entities can adopt and support the
| system, as long as they adhere to the license agreement. There are two
| license variants available from OSSI, the Open Software License v.3.0 and the
| Academic Free License v.3.0,â he said.


DISA to open source administrative software

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| The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plans to open source a suite of
| programs that it developed for administrative tasks. The agency has signed a
| Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Open Source Software
| Institute (OSSI) to help release the source code of the programs.


Open source makes serious headway in the U.S. Department of Defense

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| As I listened to David Mihelcic, CTO with the U.S. Defense Information
| Systems Agency talk about the benefits of open source on Federal News Radio's
| presentation of "Open Source Solutions - 2 Years In Review," I couldn't help
| but be impressed with just how far open source has come in the past decade.



Malware knocks Defense Department e-mail offline

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| According to the Associated Press, the US Defense Department took
| 1,500 computers offline as the result of a cyber attack.


Navy CIO 'recognizes the importance of OSS to the warfighter'

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| John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software
| Institute, told Linux.com today that, effective immediately, the
| Department of the Navy has adopted a new policy which requires that
| open source software must be considered in every software
| acquisition the Navy makes.


State Department got mail and hackers

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| A break-in targeting State Department computers worldwide last
| summer occurred after a department employee in Asia opened a
| mysterious e-mail that quietly allowed hackers inside the U.S.
| government's network.


The feds weigh in on Windows security

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| "The benefits of this move are enormous: Common, secure configurations
| can help slow botnet spreading, can radically reduce delays in patching,
| can stop many attacks directly, and organizations that have made the
| move report that it actually saves money rather than costs money,"
| Paller wrote.

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