August 27, 2003

OSSI Releases NAVY CRADA Exec Summary

John M. Weathersby writes

"Open Source Software Institute Releases NAVY CRADA Executive Summary. Stennis Space Center, MS (August 25, 2003) - The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) has released an executive summary of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) recently completed with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO).

The CRADA, a collaborative two-year technical study performed by OSSI and
NAVOCEANO, was initiated to assess the current use of open-source software
at NAVOCEANO and to identify additional opportunities for future implementation
of open-source within NAVOCEANO's computing environment.

OSSI chairman John Weathersby presented results of the CRADA during the 2nd
Southeast Regional Naval CIO Conference, hosted by NAVOCEANO at their headquarters
located at the John C. Stennis Space Center.  Navy Chief Information
Officer David Wennergren and other top Naval command and policy representatives
attended and presented at the August 13, 2003 conference.

According to the CRADA findings, there is "extensive use of open-source within
NAVOCEANO's existing computing infrastructure," Weathersby said during his
presentation.  "The study identified open-source successes on both shipboard
and land-based systems as well as highlighted key lessons of deployments
in migration, training, reliability, security and financial areas."

The most notable statistic demonstrated that the Navy had realized a 900
(%) percent savings on selected UNIX systems that had been transferred to
a Linux environment.

The CRADA executive summary is available for public review on the OSSI web
site located at

The Open Source Software Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to promote the development and implementation of open-source software
solutions within government and academic entities.  For additional information,
please visit the OSSI web page at"


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