Last week, there were a bunch of articles about the US government being newly interested in open source. Specifically, President Obama requested a report on the use of open source from Scott McNealy, chairman and former CEO of Sun Microsystems. Never mind if Scott McNealy is the best person to write such a report, what’s interesting for me is that open source has finally becoming so mainstream that the President is requesting a report about it.
Of course, open source in the US government is nothing new. Almost 15 years ago, I build a bunch of systems on Linux, Apache and other open source projects. One of the first things I worked on was a e-commerce site for the US Travel and Tourism Administration. Read more…