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Cultural Changes Key to Reducing Barriers to Open Source Software

Dec 10, 2007, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danelle Barrett, Boyd Fletcher, Dave Huff)

"Misconceptions about open source software have made many U.S. Defense Department sectors reluctant to employ this technology. Although a 2003 department policy allows its use, many still believe that open source software poses an increased security risk to networks and that it is not supported as well as commercial products.

"An example of such software is the U.S. Joint Forces Command's (JFCOM's) J-9 Joint Futures Laboratory redact tool. JFCOM developed a free open source software redaction tool to remove changes from standard office documents..."

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