The Initiative for Software Choice, which counts Microsoft, Cisco
Systems and Intel among its backers, said in comments filed Tuesday
that the department should "avoid crafting needless and potentially
detrimental IT policy to promote the use" of open-source
software. "Open source" means every software developer can view the
source code for software, modify it, and use it for free.
The initiative, which launched in May and is chaired by a group called
CompTIA, an organization that has close ties to Microsoft, is worried
about a recent report that concluded the Defense Department relies on
open-source software and recommended its further adoption.
Written by defense contractor MITRE, the report said that free and
open-source software "plays a more critical role in the (Defense
Department) than has been generally recognized" and endorsed it as a
viable alternative to proprietary Microsoft products.
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