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Mon, 28 Jan 2008

OSS and the U.S. DoD - Webinar

I’m going to present a webinar on “Open Source Software (OSS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)” on Feb 11, 2008, 3:00-4:30pm EST. It is open to the public, at no charge. To find out how to sign up, see http://www.dwheeler.com/oss-dod-webinar2008.html.

Here’s the summary: “Open source software (OSS) has become widespread, but there are many misconceptions about it - resulting in numerous missed opportunities. This presentation will clarify what OSS is (and isn’t), rebut common misunderstandings about OSS, discuss the relationship of OSS and security, discuss how to find and evaluate OSS, and explain OSS licensing (including how to combine products and select a license). It will show why nearly all extant OSS is COTS software, and thus why it’s illegal (as well as foolish) to ignore OSS options.”

This presentation is hosted by the Data & Analysis Center for Software (DACS), which is technically managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate (AFRL/IF).

Please sign up quickly, if you’re interested. There were 45 registrants in the first half hour of its announcement.

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