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[News] More Government Moves to Free Software: DOD, Kenya, Italy

  • Subject: [News] More Government Moves to Free Software: DOD, Kenya, Italy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:48:53 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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DISA's cloud helps DOD embrace open-source software

,----[ Quote ]
| ProjectForge is a pay-on-demand software 
| service that allows software developers to 
| manage software iterations, track issues 
| and requirements, and collaborate with 
| other developers. It is an offshoot of a 
| similar service named SoftwareForge. While 
| SoftwareForge is designed to work with 
| open-source software, ProjectForge is for 
| applications where proprietary products are 
| involved or greater access controls are 
| necessary. 


Nigerian Ushahidi for 2011  

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| Ushahidi is an open source project, which 
| allows users to send information about 
| crisis via sms, e-mail or the web. 
| [...]
| Ushahidi was originally developed in Kenya 
| when electoral violence erupted following 
| the presidential elections between Mwai 
| Kibaki and Raila Odinga. 


Disappointed (so far) by Italian Open Legislation experiment

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| If you know software programming well 
| enough to write a new word processor with a 
| secret file format, do it now, put it on 
| sale and price it one million Euro per 
| seat. Should that law be approved as it was 
| presented in late January 2010, you'll just 
| have to send Christmas greetings to all 
| Italian Public Administrations to force 
| them to buy your software, since they will 
| be required by law to "accept and process" 
| the files they receive, in whatever format. 
| With any luck, you won't make as much money 
| as Bill Gates: you'll make enough to 
| directly buy him. 



MOTSU awards deal for Linux migration

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| Tideworks Technology has been selected to
| provide the U.S. Defense Department's Military
| Ocean Terminal Sunny Point with a terminal
| upgrade.
| U.S. company Tideworks was awarded a contract
| from North Carolina-based Military Ocean
| Terminal Sunny Point, or MOTSU. The award
| follows a successful 2006 contract for a
| customized information technology solution.


Recent:The Blue Screen of Megadeath?

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| Around this time last year, we reported on the U.S. Army's
| efforts to build a state-of-the-art â state-of-the-future,
| really â system to control everything from communication to
| unmanned drones to missile launches, and to use Linux to do
| it. The project's designers were quoted as specifically
| saying they rejected Windows because they didn't want to be
| beholden to Microsoft â apparently the thought of having
| missiles bricked by Windows Genuine Advantage mid-combat
| didn't go over so well. Being
| [...]
| We can't speak for anyone else, but the thought that
| somewhere floating out there are two hundred nuclear
| warheads under the control of Windows XP scares the living
| daylights out of us. If anyone needs us, we'll be building
| a bunker in the back yard before one of the boom-boom boats
| throws a blue screen of death and blows us all to kingdom
| come.


âBattle Commandâ Summits


Convincing the Military to Embrace Open Source


The Complex Crux Of Wireless Warfare



Conference Highlights Open Technology Adoption within Defense and
Intelligence Systems


Army Seeks to Catalyze Open Source Intelligence


A Network Appliance Platform for Linux Applications at the US
Department of Defense


High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies


Department of Defense Releases Open Technology Development Roadmap

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