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Open-source Software and the US Department of Defense: Webinar worth attending

Still confused as to what open source means? Listen in.

On Feb 11, 2008, 3:00-4:30pm EST, David A. Wheeler will present a webinar entitled "Open Source Software and the DoD". It's free and Wheeler is worth hearing. His presentation is being hosted by the Data & Analysis Center for Software (DACS), which is technically managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate (AFRL/IF).

You can join at that time by calling (641) 715-3399, access code 206-816-387, but to watch the slides you're going to have to have a Mac or Windows machine. (GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting is a Citrix product that slavishly follows Microsoft.)

Summary: Open source software (OSS) has become widespread, but there are many misconceptions about it - resulting in numerous missed opportunities. This presentation will clarify what OSS is (and isn't), rebut common misunderstandings about OSS, discuss the relationship of OSS and security, discuss how to find and evaluate OSS, and explain OSS licensing (including how to combine products and select a license). It will show why nearly all extant OSS is COTS software, and thus why it's illegal (as well as foolish) to ignore OSS options.

Save the date for you and your loved ones. What a great way to prepare for Valentines Day!

Thanks to John Scott for the link.