Use of Free (or Open Source) Software in the Department of Defense

Date: July 30, 2003 Time: (All day)
Event Type: Lecture

Free (or Open Source) Software (FOSS) is software created via cooperative development processes with open-ended memberships, as opposed to proprietary software that is developed using closed development and limited memberships. In 2002 The MITRE Corporation did a study to determine how FOSS is used in the U.S. Department of Defense. The study uncovered extensive FOSS use in four areas: infrastructure, development, security, and research. In this talk the author of the MITRE report will summarize the results of the study, discuss recent developments such as a new DoD policy on FOSS use, and describe some practical ways to understand the relationship between FOSS and proprietary software.