Paul Barrett pebarrett at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 19:02:47 CEST 2009

The other benefit of the military using open source software is that
is can save the taxpayers money over the short and long term. For some
projects it is a small percentage of the total cost.  However, for
others it can be significant portion of the cost, so don't discount
its use or its benefit.  Saving time and money is a good thing.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM, Nick Coghlan<ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Raymond Hettinger wrote:
>> [Matthew Wilkes]
>>> Oh, I didn't mean they should use proprietary software, just that in
>>> my experience the kind of people who are active in open source are
>>> quite anti-war, green, etc.  There are notable exceptions, but I know
>>> people who worry that their work will have military applications, and
>>> who turn down projects because of it.
>> I question the whole notion of using open source in military weapons.
>> It seems like a rather basic violation of operational security.  Perhaps
>> your enemies will exploit your bugs instead of nicely reporting them
>> and submitting patches on SourceForge ;-)
> As Guido said, even the military are aware that there are major problems
> with the idea of security through obscurity. Plus most defence forces
> around the world are just as interested in saving a few bucks on
> software costs as any other organisation, particularly if they can
> reduce their reliance on a foreign software vendor in the process.
> As to the existence of open source developers that are willing to work
> with the military... as Matthew said, while they may not be particularly
> common, I can definitely say that they're around ;)
> Cheers,
> Nick.
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