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U.S. Department of Defense Details Open Source Lessons Learned

May 23, 2011, 23:03 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

The 68-page report has the goal of helping the U.S. government to implement what they refer to as open technology development (OTD) for government software projects. As part of OTD, the report includes a number of specific recommendations for open source software usage. Some of those recommendations are somewhat of a surprise, considering that the U.S. military is often seen as an organization that is not likely to be very open about their software development practices.

"The biggest surprise was the focus on the importance of community creating open source project," Gunnar Hellekson Public Sector Chief Technology Strategist at Red Hat said.

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