Top 5 misconceptions about open source in government programs


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If we want reliable, open government, shouldn't most government software be open source?


posted 21 May 2013 by Adam Firestone on opensource.com
Within US government programs, while the use of open source software (OSS) is not mandatory, it is both permissible and often encouraged. However, due to the Byzantine nature of the controlling laws, regulations, policies, and guidance (LRPG) as well as some popular misconceptions, architects, systems engineers, and developers often encounter reactions ranging from unfamiliarity to resistance when recommending the use of OSS. For the remainder of this article, we’ll debug five of the most widespread misconceptions.

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