On Feb 11, 2008, 3:00-4:30pm EST, David A. Wheeler will present on "Open Source Software and the DoD". It is open to the public, at no charge. 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).
You can join at that time by calling (641) 715-3399, access code 206-816-387. Other ways of joining will be posted as that information becomes available.
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."