FLOSS Progressing At DoD
Matt Asay says that the increasingly rapid adoption of free / libre and open source software in the military could presage the end of proprietary software as we know it. While I think proprietary software is here to stay, I am encouraged to read about the progress in ending the often unspoken set-aside for closed-source vendors. I look forward to reading about the implementation of open technologies in numerous government agencies.
One of the things that has been frustrating to see is how a government so paranoid about security that it created the rainbow of doom can run software that calls home to the vendor with who knows what information. Surely some bad guy has thought about penetrating a database in the Seattle area to find out what configuration is in use at <name your agency here>. Perhaps someone has even gotten a job at the largest software vendor (and the one that is most known for this kind of snoopware) just so he can try to collect this data for misuse by unknown evildoers.
As always, nothing I say reflects the views of any employer, friend, or relative. My views are my own. Disclosure: I use Alfresco, a product of Mr. Asay's employer, at home.