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Re: [News] Why and How US Government Should Move to Free Software and How Proprietary Giants Sabotage This

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Wednesday 03 Feb 2010 12:56 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Should Government drop Windows and turn to open source?
>> http://government.zdnet.com/?p=6950
>> For government open source is a make-or-buy decision
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> This was carried into the IT sphere. I did several stories at ZDNet
>>> Healthcare about efforts by private contractors to destroy the VAâs
>>> open source VistA system â starving it of funds, driving away the
>>> best employees, centralizing contributions, and eventually
>>> replacing it through contracts.
>>> My sources were former government employees. The ex-VA employees
>>> stayed in touch with former colleagues and got the story out. This
>>> was not a big story, but it held a lesson, namely the risk inherent
>>>  in having government employees building vital infrastructure.
>> `----
>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=5759
> If the software is kept as open source although worked on by
> contractors, this may work.  I see a problem when software remains
> proprietary and the government does not retain the ownership.
> The Obama administration is changing the software landscape:
> [quote]
> DOD open-source memo could change software landscape
> CIO Wennergren to discuss memo at upcoming GosCon conference
>     * By Joab Jackson
>     * Oct 28, 2009
> The Defense Department's guidance on the military use of open-source
> software has been a long time in coming, and should ease the widespread
> concerns in the military about open source-use, observers say.
> Earlier this month, DOD issued guidance that clarifies the use of
> open-source software, or software whose code is made freely available
> for others to use and modify. Although many of today's most popular
> software programs are open-source, such as the Linux operating system
> and the Apache Web server, questions around procurement persisted in the
> military services. The guidance is not formally policy, but it offers
> clarifications on how to use open source software.
> [/quote]
> http://gcn.com/Articles/2009/10/28/DoD-OSS-II.aspx
> I think it is time that the US military is given the freedom to replace
> proprietary and security leaking sieve Windows and Windows Server OS and
> software with alternatives, along with alternative office automation suites.
> Greatest obstacle has been the software certification process, which
> IMHO has been a road block to software acceptability due to the lengthy
> and costly approval process.

Red Hat gained another certification this week and the DOD is moving
to Red Hat, with the intention of leaving Windows altogether. They spoke
about this in 2007-08.

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