"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..."