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NewsForge: Why Open Source Works for Weapons and Defense

Jan 23, 2006, 20:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Military, weapons, and national defense are certainly not synonymous with open source software, but developers and companies that provide Linux and other open source software for such applications indicate the ideals of open source communities are not contrary to its use in defense.

"In fact, what would be contrary to the guiding principles of open source, namely freedom and flexibility of use, would be to preclude the use of open source anywhere, regardless of whether it is the Peace Corps or the Department of Defense (DoD)..."

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