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
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 … Continue reading Ersatz pragmatism and the lock-in problem.
Some very, very sound (and super-quotable!) advice for anyone interested in starting an open source project. http://www.slideshare.net/bcantrill/corporate-open-source-antipatterns
In 5 minutes, you can make a difference: Upvote "Use and Contribute to Open Source" in the IT Shared Services Strategy. Add an application or use case to the CivicCommons Marketplace. Join Open Source for America, Mil-OSS, or Code for America. Got a another idea? Leave a comment!
“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 … Continue reading The Open Source Shared First Opportunity: > $1.2 Billion
Congratulations to New Hampshire, whose newly passed HB418 now requires the consideration of open source software, and promotes open data standards. This bill requires state agencies to consider open source software when acquiring software and promotes the use of open data formats by state agencies. This bill also directs the commissioner of information technology to … Continue reading NH HB418: Live free software or die.
Embracing the open source approach, though, and using it to encourage sharing between agencies, departments, other governments, and the general public is the purest expression of the goals of the Shared First policy. Open source excels at the Shared First Design Goals, including visibility, commoditization, reusability, extensibility, and standardization, and we believe it should be … Continue reading Open Source for America responds to the draft “Shared First” policy
Someone stole Symantec's source code five years ago. Since that time, the only people who knew about the exploits were Symantec and the bad guys. So when Christine Ewing, the product manager, says "malicious users with access to the source code have an increased ability to identify vulnerabilities and build new exploits," she's only half-right. The … Continue reading Symantec explains why proprietary software is dangerous
The Government Open Source Conference, masterfully curated by Deb Bryant and the good people at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, is one of my favorite open source events. Every year, they manage to pull together quality speakers from innovative agencies and projects in a warm, collaborative, and exciting environment. Before the earthquake unpleasantness … Continue reading GOSCON: Climbing the Mountain
The DOD's second Open Technology Development Roadmap has been released: "Open Technology Development: Lessons Learned and Best Practices". It's a handbook for using and making open source in the DOD and the US Government, sponsored by the Secretary of Defense. It provides practical advice on policy, procurement, and good community governance, all under a Creative … Continue reading DOD Open Technology Development Guide Released!