Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> AFI 33-129, dated February 3, 2005, covers "Web Management and Internet
>>> Use." Among other things, it specifically prohibits the downloading of
>>> "freeware/shareware or any other software product without Designated
>>> Approving Authority (DAA) approval." Since providing access to
>>> free/open source software is the primary function of sites like
>>> SourceForge.net and freshmeat.net, blocking access to them is
>>> End quote
>> Where does that say free software is subversive?
> It doesn't say so explicitly, but it's a matter of putting 2 and 2
> together. It is evident that the US Military perceives free software as
> 'advrse to its interests'. The mind boggles. How much OSS does the US
> Military actually use? I know for a fact that they use it (yay). To take
> and then not only refuse to give in return (boo), but to ridicule and
> suppress too???
Looks to me like you're over-reacting. Many (probably most) organisations
have bans on their employees downloading software on to their machines.
It's a simple and reasonable precaution against viruses and security
problems. Looks like the US military has simply taken this a little further
by stopping their people from visiting a few sites where they might be
tempted to do this. Don't see the problem, frankly.