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The U.S. Government and Its Partners Open Up To FOSS

Jul 29, 2010, 15:06 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Free and open source software often makes a great deal of sense from a financial and logistics perspective. The product is generally free, and the source code is available for editing if the product does not met the technical needs specified by the user. In a rapidly evolving world, people at high levels in the government have come to the realization that FOSS may offer higher levels of software development flexibility than the traditional proprietary models. The fact that FOSS helps to alleviate some of the pressure created by tight budgets and other fiscal constraints doesn't hurt. In this article, I will take a hard look at the great inroads being made by FOSS into the processes and programs of the U.S. government and its partners.

"Lockheed Martin is an advanced technology company and one of the U.S. government's most important partners. They make a range of products including aircraft and advanced weaponry. They have also taken a leadership role in the movement to move towards free and open source software."

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