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Open source goes to Washington


July 31, 2009 11:48 am





A few weeks ago Novell and more than 50 members of the open source community formed Open Source for America, a coalition to help promote the use of open source in government. This week Novell Open Audio host, Erin Quill, sat down to talk with several OSA members including Red Hat, SUN, Ingres, JasperSoft and Mercury Federal. Want to know: Why open source? Why the U.S. Federal Government? Aren’t there security concerns? What’s the benefit? Why should the community get involved? Then Take a listen to this four-part podcast series for answers and let us know what you think:

Part 1: In this episode, Erin Quill interviews Roger Burkhardt (Ingres) and Tom Rabon (Red Hat). Hear what prompted the creation of Open Source for America and why it is important for the community to get involved.

Part 2: In this episode, Brian Gentile (JasperSoft) and John Scott (Mercury Federal) present their thoughts behind how Open Source for America’s member community can best work with and assist the Federal Government as advocates.

Part 3: In this episode, Bill Vass (Sun) and Paul Smith (Red Hat) discuss software security concerns and ways the US Federal Government can benefit from open source software.

Part 4: In this episode, Simon Phipps (Sun) and Michael Tiemann (Red Hat & OSI) discuss the history of free and open source software, what the “freedoms” in the Free Software Definition really mean, and how Governments can benefit from free and open source software.

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