Open Source in Government FAQ

The Department of Defense has a much longer and more comprehensive FAQ on this same subject. Can the government use open source? Yes. See CENDI’s report on open source in government, which talks a lot about how the government works with open source licenses. Is Open Source secure? Yes, but you’re asking the wrong questions. […]

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Ersatz pragmatism and the lock-in problem.

A man who knows something of lock-in. Image courtesy the Bedford Falls Sentinel.

Bob Plankers believes that OpenStack exhibits lock-in behavior, and is therefore equivalent to proprietary technology like VMware and Hyper-V. This kind of argument sounds, on the surface, perfectly reasonable. Unfortunately, it ignores some important characteristics of both proprietary and open software in order to make good on a black-or-white argument in service of middle-ground ersatz […]

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The Open Source Shared First Opportunity: > $1.2 Billion

“A collaborative, analysis-based approach that leverages the implementation of robust enterprise governance, cross-enterprise portfolio governance, together with segment enterprise architecture, is imperative to ensuring IT efficiently and effectively supports the mission and business functions of a government agency,” DHS Chief Information Officer Richard Spires told a House committee on Friday morning (full transcript below). “A […]

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