Ersatz pragmatism and the lock-in problem.

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.

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 … Continue reading The Open Source Shared First Opportunity: > $1.2 Billion

NH HB418: Live free software or die.

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.

Open Source for America responds to the draft “Shared First” policy

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