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Nonprofit helps government expand open source software usage

Jun 29, 2011, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Brodkin)

"OSSI has worked with the government on projects including the Department of Homeland Security's Open Security Technology program, a $10 million initiative to identity open source software that might boost cybersecurity; the Department of Defense's Open Source Corporate Management Information System, a government-developed worker management system to manage agency personnel; and a decade-long partnership with the U.S. Navy to boost general use of open source. Jaghori also notes that many government developers use Linux, although Windows is still the standard.

"While OpenStack demonstrates the role open source can play in cloud computing, mobile technology for smartphones and tablets is another opportunity for open source.

"At L-3, Jaghori runs a mobile technologies practice that does iPhone and Android development for the government. It turns out the open source model of Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system is appealing to government agencies, Jaghori says."

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