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CNET News: Group Urges Limits on Open Source

Dec 02, 2002, 14:30 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

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"The U.S. Defense Department should think twice before embracing open-source software, a trade association is advising.

"The Initiative for Software Choice, which counts Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Intel among its backers, said in comments filed Tuesday that the department should 'avoid crafting needless and potentially detrimental IT policy to promote the use' of open-source software. 'Open source' means every software developer can view the source code for software, modify it, and use it for free.

"The initiative, which launched in May and is chaired by a group called CompTIA, an organization that has close ties to Microsoft, is worried about a recent report that concluded the Defense Department relies on open-source software and recommended its further adoption..."

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