Open Source Goes to Work for Uncle Sam
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From the 'Do Ask and Do Tell' files:
Open Source software has a role to play in the national interest and national security of the United States. That's the gist of a new U.S Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum providing clarifying guidance on the use of open source within the DoD.
While the tone of the memo is positive on open source, the memo is not changing or implementing any new policies.
From my point of view, the document is just a restatement of things that the DoD has already been doing in some respects. There are places for open source in the DoD and commercial open source software vendors can be engaged just like commercial proprietary vendors.
One of the of the larger open source deployments that I'm aware of is a U.S Navy deployment that uses Red Hat as part of a joint IBM/Raytheon technology called the Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE).