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Does FAR include open source software?

Jul 09, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"FAR, of course, requires agencies look at what commercial software when procuring a new application, as commercial software can, of course, offer a lower-cost alternative than commissioning a contractor to write a program anew. Wheeler argues that open source software, even when available for free, still should be considered commercial software. As a result, "An agency that fails to consider OSS options is in direct violation of the FAR, because it would be failing to consider commercial items," he wrote."

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