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GovExec.com: Defense Sees Role for 'Open Source' Software

Jan 29, 2003, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bara Vaida)

"The Defense Department sees a role for 'open source' software as well as proprietary software in its information technology systems, according to a briefing conducted on Capitol Hill by a senior Pentagon official earlier this month.

"In a presentation to staff for Washington state lawmakers, Dawn Meyerriecks, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, noted that the agency is exploring the use of certain software licenses, covered by the general public license (GPL) whose source code is open to inspection and alteration because it has been 'widely' embraced by Defense high-tech clients such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. It also has been embraced by commercial information technology solutions. Further, open source technology improves cost effectiveness, the presentation said..."

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