Open source scores small victory at White House

Open source scores small victory at White House

Summary: Open source scored a victory at the White House this week with the government's choice to switch to Drupal for whitehouse.gov.

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Open source scored a victory at the White House this week with the government's choice to switch to Drupal for whitehouse.gov.

The U.S. government's technology team announced that it had selected the open source content management system to make http://www.whitehouse.gov more transparent to consumers and developers.

This will allow programmers to view, inspect and fix the web site's code, government officials said. The news was reported over the weekend by the Associated Press.

Open Source for America has been pushing Obama's government to embrace more open choice software as a way to reduce costs and drive open standards for more transparency.  Last week, ConsortiumInfo's Andy Updegrove wrote a blog urging Obama to choose more FOSS.

Topics: Open Source, Government, Government US

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  • Yeah Chinese, Russian, and Al Qaeda programmers

    and hackers world wide. Lets all hope against hope that the whitehouse is smart enough to isolate these servers from the rest and not put anything sensitive on them...
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Open source scores small victory at White House

    Well this article is pretty uninformative with the
    obvious question unaddressed. What blog software did
    whitehouse.gov switch FROM?
    ShowMeGrrl
    • What blog software did

      I never thought of looking before, but I might now if I get a few minutes. It wouldn't take long to figure out.

      As for unaddressed parts, don't you find that typical of this kind of "article"? There is never anything tangible for comparative thinking by the masses.
      twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • Just as long as they don't use it for anything useful ;-)

    Anything that really matters is much safer on proprietary software.
    tonymcs@...
    • More like

      Anything that really matters is much safer when it's locked up using appropriate security measures, which do not require proprietary software.
      fevrin
    • much safer on proprietary software.

      Not so IMO, but CMS certainly isn't the way to have done something like that. There are many excellent open source/GPL/etc possibilities which are as or more secure for this kind of effort than proprietary. Proprietary attitudes only keep the costs up and good ware out of good people's hands. Being proprietary has nothing to do with how secure an app may be; that is always up to the developer as long as he's using a product intended for his application and understands what security means. Drupal; it's an OK app, but not for this purpose.
      twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • RE: Open source scores small victory at White House

    I think they have their heads in their trashcans and made a PR attempt thinking this was the way to go open source. Well, it's not and it shows their actual ignorance on top of their unwillingness to become less than ignorant!That's always been my problem with gvt critters.
    This will kill credibility of the entire site, I'm afraid. For God's sake keep that crap away from the CFRs et al!
    Maybe it's not a done deal yet and someone will wise them up; I can think of few hundred thousand folks around here who could do a good job of it. {shudder}
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • RE: Open source scores small victory at White House

    This will allow programmers to view, inspect and fix the web sites code, government officials said. The news was reported over the weekend by the Associated Press.<a href="http://ipadbagblog.com/"><font color="white"> k</font></a>
    zakkiromi