The agency uses a laundry list of great open-source software--initially for its information systems but also increasingly for transactional mission-critical systems--such as JBoss, Linux (Red Hat), Bugzilla (bug tracking), JUnit (testing), JMeter (Apache performance monitoring tool), Eclipse, KnowledgeTree (content management), and others.
The use of Open Source in the government sector is not a surprising news, given the fact that OSS can either match or exceed the functionalities of commercial closed-source software.
This news kind of coincided with my decision to participate in an Identity Management Workshop at the prestigious NIST on April 30th, 2008. I will be speaking on Oasis Standards SAML and XACML.
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