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[News] Defence Pros Choose GPL-licensed Software

  • Subject: [News] Defence Pros Choose GPL-licensed Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 05:41:58 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Defence fortifies open source MediaWiki

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| With an annual budget of $440 million and more than 2300 staff, the DSTO 
| chose the open source MediaWiki for its internal wiki, which is freely 
| available under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).  



Malware knocks Defense Department e-mail offline

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| According to the Associated Press, the US Defense Department took 
| 1,500 computers offline as the result of a cyber attack. 


Defense Information Systems Agency's Wi-Fi Flying Squirrel

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| The software, this source said, owes a lot to open source Wi-Fi sniffing 
| tools such as NetStumbler or Kismet, but has a somewhat snazzier interface 
| and the all important U.S. Strategic Command steering group?s stamp of 
| approval.


Too late to discredit open source, advocates say

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| "It's too late," exclaimed Winston Damarillo, founder and
| chairman of software development firm Exist Global, in an
| interview with Computerworld Philippines. "Open source
| is all over the place."
| [...]
| Anson Uy, president of Touch Solutions (a Red Hat Linux company),
| earlier on broke the news to Computerworld Philippines about the
| alleged "funded missions" by some software firms to discredit open
| source, although he did not identify any company.
| Anson revealed among the top three actions against FOSS are being
| done through "sponsored studies, piracy of open source developers,
| and bold press releases."


DOD Awards Contracts Worth Up to $700M

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| Palo Alto, Calif.-based printer and personal computer
| maker HP was awarded two separate deals worth up to
| $440 million over eight years that cover the HP-UX,
| Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and
| Novell SUSE Linux operating systems.


Defense kicks off open-source encryption program

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| "Interests within the DOD were pleased with the results of the
| initial OpenSSL validation program and have identified extensions
| to that work for greater availability of FIPS 140-2 validated
| open- source software for use within DOD IT systems," Weathersby said. 


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| "After a long and arduous journey that included a suspended validation last
| year .. OpenSSL has regained its FIPS 140-2 validation"
| "We called it the FUD campaign," he says. "There were all kinds of
| complaints sent to the CMVP including one about 'Commie code.' .. Silly or
| no, each complaint that's filed really slows down the process."
| "the ones they did see often contained redacted, or blacked-out, data about
| who had filed the complaint .. in some cases, proprietary software vendors
| were lodging the complaints.


Navy CIO 'recognizes the importance of OSS to the warfighter'

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| John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software 
| Institute, told Linux.com today that, effective immediately, the 
| Department of the Navy has adopted a new policy which requires that 
| open source software must be considered in every software 
| acquisition the Navy makes.


State Department got mail and hackers

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| A break-in targeting State Department computers worldwide last
| summer occurred after a department employee in Asia opened a
| mysterious e-mail that quietly allowed hackers inside the U.S.
| government's network.


The feds weigh in on Windows security

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| "The benefits of this move are enormous: Common, secure configurations
| can help slow botnet spreading, can radically reduce delays in patching,
| can stop many attacks directly, and organizations that have made the
| move report that it actually saves money rather than costs money,"
| Paller wrote.


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