The feds love Linux

Monday, 23 June 2003, 12:31 PM EST

Three weeks ago, John P. Stenbit, chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Defense, issued an agencywide memo that has Linux lovers rejoicing. The brief outlined the DOD's policy on acquiring, using and developing open-source software, including the Linux operating system. By creating an official policy, the DOD is "outing" open source, a technology that was stuck in government limbo, neither condoned nor outlawed.

"People used to think they'd get fired if they talked about it. It was 'Don't ask, don't tell,'" says Tony M. Stanco, founding director of the Center of Open Source & Government, a policy think tank. "But now that the DOD has legitimized open source, people won't be afraid to come out and say that they use it."

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Banks and IT security: The elements of success

Nathan Horn-Mitchem, VP, Information Security Officer at Provident Bank, talks about delivering and maintaining IT security for 80 branches of the bank.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Fri, Mar 27th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2015 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //