Topic: More Open Source Packages & Need for Unified DoD Open Source Repository
The Baseline Configuration Team has done a great service. The open source collection is impressive. The packages are nearly all library routines. A few packages I would like to see added the list are OpenFOAM, Salome MECA, Dakota, Cantera. wxMacsyma, and scilab/scicos. Good job.
Also, there is a need for a unified DoD open source repository. This could help greatly with keeping the government up to date on software. The problem is a consistent process for evaluating the security of open source software needs to be in place somewhere to aid in obtaining approval for installation on networked government systems. Since the HPC environment already maintains open source software, it would be a service that could be provided without much additional effort. DISA has some related projects that could help including LONDON(Linux on Disanet), Linux CAC and DoDBastille under the OSSG. Aaron Lippold (Aaron.Lippold@disa.mil) is the person to contact to find out more on the open source security discussions in DoD. Most of the code would be scientific and engineering but other code including Internet services and desktop applications could be included.
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