Open source in U.S. government in 5 minutes

OpenSource.com, 10/15/12

Gunnar Hellekson, technology strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector Group, presents a timeline of the government's relationship with open source technologies. Learn more in this OpenSource.com article.

Interesting facts:

  • Big stretch in the '90s where not much happens, then Obama Administration comes to the White House.
  • Popular press makes the government using Linux® sound like a brand new idea, but they've been doing it comfortably for 10 years.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) took time passing rules allowing open source software use, while the Department of Energy was just doing it, and had been for some time.
  • A 2009 DoD memo stated that open source software is safe to use and has attributes that should be encouraged—was the final measure needed to legitamize open source in government.

Read the full article and watch the video.