USA Today: Feds weigh virtues of open source

“Yet even as Justice Department lawyers make that argument, the
United States government is weighing the adoption of other,
non-Microsoft technologies commonly known as “open source”

“Open source software has caught the eye of an interagency
working group because developers publish not only working versions
of their programs, but the actual instructions they write before
converting them into the ones and zeroes of computer code. Since
open source customers can copy and change these instructions at
will, the computer users often get a product that has gone through
a long process of peer review.”

The advantages to a nation constantly worried about bugs
and security flaws in its networks are obvious.