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LinuxWorld: Does the U.S. Government Have an Open-Source Security Plan?

Dec 12, 2002, 17:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"Is there room for open source in the U.S. government's forthcoming cybersecurity plan? A recent draft of the plan, which will eventually outline the government's computer-security strategy, mentioned open-source software only once. But in the last few months, Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has been lobbying to have the plan explicitly reject the use of the GPL, and he has circulated a letter around Washington calling for the authors of the plan to do just that on the grounds that the GPL license is bad for computer security.

"LinuxWorld recently caught up with Marc Sachs, Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection at the White House Cyberspace Security Office, to ask what he thought of this argument and to get a better sense of what his team sees as the role of open-source software in government..."

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