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CNET News: Open Source in the Stars for NASA?

May 19, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

An analyst for NASA recommended in a recent paper that the agency move some software development to an open-source model.

"The paper, published in late April and featured on Slashdot on Friday, argues that developing software under open-source licenses will improve development, lead to better collaboration and enhance efficiency.

"'We recognize that some software, because of export control, ownership or commercialization concerns, may not be suitable for open source,' Patrick Moran, a staff member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center, said in the paper. 'Nevertheless, we expect that many NASA projects would be appropriate for, and would greatly benefit from, an open-source distribution...'"

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