DHS report makes recommendations for greater open source software use in government

A report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate says barriers to using and developing open source software must be addressed as IT budgets across government continue to tighten.

Security and the perceptions of security are just as problematic as "non-security" challenges to open source software, or OSS, says the report's authors ñ David Wheeler, a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Tom Dunn, senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

The report ñ based on interviews with 31 OSS experts, suppliers and potential users ñ exposed fears about low-quality code and malware, concerns about commercial support, inertia, procurement issues, and certification and accreditation, or C&A, problems. Continue>>>