I really don't like making predictions, and I really really don't like skeumorphic interfaces. That means you'll really enjoy this article in Modern Governing magazine.
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
A non-technical colleague of mine wanted to learn more about the IT industry and open source. He asked for some reading suggestions, and here it is. It's heavy on open source, as you might expect.
Here's a fun1 experiment: take an open source policy from your agency, company, whatever, and strike out the words "open source". Bam, you now have a much more sensible and reasonable "software" policy. When the OMB and DOD declared open source software to be "commercial software," it wasn't a bureaucratic trick to legitimize open source. … Continue reading Open source software policy is better without open source.
Apparently, Shake it Up, a Disney kid's show, has an over-the-top stereotype nerd dispensing computer security advice: Nerd: Did you use open-source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it? Stupid: Maybe? Nerd: Rookie mistake. Slashdot will, of course, lose its mind, but the real headline is that open source was mentioned in the first … Continue reading Disney sitcom says open source is insecure
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
http://vimeo.com/44453348 A really wonderful presentation. This will be the first link I send people when they ask why open source matters for government. You should follow him on Twitter. Related: Open Source matters for Open Government, really.
There’s a disturbing trend in public-interest apps: They’re released for free, but without clear open source licensing or access to source code. I think it’s not that the developers don’t want the apps to be open source — they just don’t think of doing it (and perhaps don’t understand, or don’t know from personal experience, how great … Continue reading Make Your Public Interest Apps Open Source.