If I ever had any questions about how the government can use or demand software with open source licenses, the answer is in this surprisingly readable, unimaginably well-documented manual: Acquiring and Enforcing the Government's Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software Under Department of Defense Contracts: A Practical Handbook for Acquisition Professionals
A very special episode of the Dave and Gunnar Show, in which we talk to our boss, Paul Smith, who runs Red Hat's US Public Sector group.
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. … Continue reading Open Source in Government FAQ
I don't consider myself a huge cloud promoter, but articles like "Experts: Cloud Brings Vulnerabilities" from Defense News drive me crazy. If you read as many articles about IT as I do, you'll recognize this character: the Reactionary Skeptic. It's great work, if you can get it. I've been guilty of it myself. The formula … Continue reading Federal Cloud and the Reactionary Skeptic