MS attacking government use of "open source"
Gerry Creager N5JXS
n5jxs at tamu.edu
Thu May 23 07:21:38 PDT 2002
It's apparently going to be an interesting battle. One of the Open
Source proponents active in this is a retired USAF NCO, who's been a
computer security consultant to the Pentagon (independent consultant,
not a Beltway Bandit employee) since he retired, and is a strong enthusiast.
He's been heard to say that the IE and Outlook bugs are significant
enough to have MS software declared a bona fide security risk...
Bob Drzyzgula wrote:
> All of us using and supporting Linux in government
> probably need to be somewhat concerned about this. The
> Pentagon at least seems not to have been swayed so far,
> but it's gone far enough for them to pay Mitre for a study
> of the question. I'm not sure that all agencies would
> be this steadfast.
> "Microsoft Corp. is aggressively lobbying the
> Pentagon to squelch its growing use of freely
> distributed computer software and switch to
> proprietary systems such as those sold by the
> software giant, according to officials familiar
> with the campaign."
> "Microsoft has argued that some free-licensing
> regimes are antithetical to the government's
> stated policy that moneymaking applications
> should develop from government-funded research
> and that intellectual property should be
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