eWeek reports on NASA's Open Source Summit
, which was held March 29-30 at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley. Speakers included Google's Chris DiBona, David Wheeler of the Institute for Defense Analysis, Mozilla's Pascal Finette, Bob Sutor of IBM, and Red Hat's Brian Stevens. "NASA's use of open source has been restricted in past years due to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. State Department, which apply directly to aerospace equipment. DiBona argued that these restrictions ought to be eased.
If NASA's IT group used more open-source software, DiBona said, the help of the community would save time and tax dollars as well as speed up transfer of technology to and from aerospace programs. It also would accelerate NASA's software-procurement practices, he said.
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