Video: The DoD makes it official: open source IS commercial software.

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Towards the end of 2009, the office of the DoD CIO issued a memo clarifying their position on open source software. There were some misconceptions, misunderstandings, and just plain FUD surrounding their stance previously, and they wanted to make it clear that they considered open source just as viable for development as any other type of software.

We tracked down some very smart people--software security expert David A. Wheeler and Dan Risacher, who authored the memo in question--to help explain how the memo came to be, and what it means for the Government sector moving forward.

Check out the video below.

You can download an ogg of this video here.



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Glenn's picture

Just a bit of a nitpick...

Product or service arent (non)commercial, its the _application_ of a product or service that makes it commercial or not.

Jesse Paddock's picture

also one that I think the video makes implicitly. The memo was intended to reassure people that you could choose software developed in an open fashion--with code that's available for others to use and modify--and apply it in contract-procurement situations the same way you would a proprietary developer's code. This is the perspective from which the title of this article was written. Sorry for any confusion.


Ken's picture

Governments are trying to take over the Internet by developing the Semantic Web aka giant global database.