The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has just released "Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS)", a new official memo about open source software (OSS). This 2009 memo is important for anyone who works with the DoD (including contractors) on software and systems that include software... and I suspect it will influence many other organizations as well. The new memo tries to eliminate "misconceptions and misinterpretations" that inhibit use of OSS, and clear the way for wider use and development of OSS.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s software technology magazine, "DoD Software Tech News", has posted a whole issue devoted to open source software issues. It includes essays by David A. Wheeler, Terry Bollinger, John M. Weathersby, Mark Lucas (on Geospatial OSS), Peter Gallagher, Matt Asay (Alfresco), and Andrew Gordon. Free registration required.
A new paper discusses the relationship between high assurance software (for security or safety) and free-libre / open source software (FLOSS). High assurance software must NEVER fail. Many tools for developing high assurance software are FLOSS, it turns out...
Travelogue describes conference from speaker's point of view, and discusses several issues raised by the conference
An update of "Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!" is now available; among other things, it adds lots of Firefox market share information.
The Open Source and Industry Alliance (OSAIA) have just posted their amicus curiae brief, supporting Internet Gateway (bnetd).
The latest article in my "Secure Programmer" series is now available! This developerWorks series describes how to develop secure programs for Linux/Unix; this article describes how to securely invoke other programs.