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Government Computer News: That Word "Open"

Sep 18, 2006, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson)

"For most people, the word 'open' might seem rather benign, conjuring only images of open fields or perhaps a late night eatery still catering to hungry travelers. For military personnel, however, 'open' has a negative connotation. Any good soldier should bristle at the word. Things that are open need to be secured, for they are vulnerabilities where an enemy force could encamp.

"This latent fear of the word 'open' is as good of an explanation as any we've heard on why the military has thus far been reluctant to adopt open source software. The word certainly does not inspire the same degree of trust as other words, such as 'Raytheon' for instance..."

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