- OSFA Awards! May 30, 2014Congrats to our latest OSFA Award winners who have demonstrated their great commitment to use of open source by the federal government. Organizational winners are: Office of the Federal Register for ...
- What’s Ahead for Open Source in Government? Sep 25, 2013Mark Bohannon from Red Hat predicts government trends in open source for 2013
- 22 Years Ago Torvalds Sent the Email That Started Linux Aug 25, 2013What started as an idea for an interesting project 22 years ago was kicked off by a single email from Linus Torvalds – https://www.linux.com/news/software/linux-kernel/734956-linuss-famous-email
Government Open Source News
Courtesy of OpenSource.com
As the U.S. military continues its march toward virtualization, it will need to operate in an environment that runs on more agile solutions. Linux containers fit that bill nicely, enabling Defense Department agencies to take full advantage of virtualization benefits.
Open Knowledge's recent publication of the 2014 Open Data Index shows slow progress by governments in opening up key data. Overall the level of "open" is down to 11% from 15% a year ago.
The European Commission wants to make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects. Contributing to open source communities will be made central to the EC’s new open source policy, expects Pierre Damas, Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT). “We use a lot of open source components that we adapt and integrate, and it is time that we contribute back.”
With the ability to move quickly, easily integrate, and review the code’s security firsthand, it is really no surprise that many governments are turning to open source software for their IT projects and initiatives. Email systems house and transmit sensitive information that government agencies must keep secure, and open source software’s advantages in privacy and security make it an attractive choice for email, especially among government agencies.
Open source software is still software and vulnerabilities are expected. Unlike a filesystem bug or a kernel panic, they cause no pain until they strike.
The Benefit of Open Source
The Open Source model harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency to create high-quality, secure and easily integrated software at an accelerated pace and lower cost.
Primary benefits of open source software are choice, reliability, low-cost, security and faster deployment.