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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..."

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