June 10, 2004

Cabinet-level federal agency GPL's Software

Author: Tom Adelstein

Tom Adelstein writes "

Earlier this year, a major open-source event came and went without much community notice and with little media attention. A Cabinet-level federal agency released a software product under the GPL, making it the first tool of its kind to be licensed by the US government free of charge to public and private sector organizations.

Although the Open Source and Industry Alliance praised the effort in a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao, some of us wonder if this kind of event will happen ever again. This story received little to no attention by the media, yet it created quite a stir within the government software vendor community. The backlash might have government officials thinking twice the next time the subject comes up.



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