DOD's mum on open-source

DOD's mum on open-source

Although some Defense Department researchers are experimenting with Linux on a 'don't ask, don't tell' basis, the open-source operating system would make bigger inroads if it gained an official stamp of approval, a DOD official said last week.

Pentagon officials are interested in Linux because of its reliability, its low cost and its growing use by U.S. military allies, said Mark Norton, principal technical adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.

Although DOD software policy does not explicitly forbid use of Linux, managers could interpret it that way, Norton said.

Whether the Defense Information Systems Agency will certify Linux under the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment program remains an open question, he told a gathering of federal Linux users in Washington.

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