Federal Computer Watch: A New Direction for Open Source
Jul 17, 2006, 16:45 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source software developers that move to a closed-source
licensing model to help pay their bills can create challenges, but
they also offer opportunities for federal agencies, experts say.
Federal users who are increasingly reliant on open-source software
are paying more attention to those decisions, and they are stepping
in to get the outcomes they want.
"For example, Tenable Network Security announced in October 2005
that it would make Version 3.0 of its ubiquitous open-source Nessus
network-scanning tool closed source. It was probably the first
major open-source IT security tool to become proprietary, said Nick
Selby, senior analyst for enterprise security at the 451 Group, an
IT consulting firm..."