Subject: RE: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
From: "Anderson, Kelly" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:30:09 -0600

 Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:30:09 -0600

> Anderson, Kelly wrote:
> > Explain to me the benefit to the government of internally 
> putting an 
> > open source license (any open source licence) on sensitive military 
> > software that it sounds like is already being shared amongst the 
> > legitimate players?
> >
> >   
> One interesting case is the case of derived works.
> Let's suppose that the NSA wants to make some Secret additions to the
> Linux kernel.   They have some suppliers with clearance who can
> prepare these changes.
> Therefore, the suppliers create the derived work and now NSA has
> a GPLed result.   Without needing any kind of special 
> executive authority
> or special act of contract, the executive has the right to 
> use the program freely, study the source, and modify it.
> If next year, the executive decides "this needs to be made 
> public", the NSA has the right to publicly distribute the 
> code even with the vendor additions.

Maybe I'm having a slow morning... but I've read this three times, and I
still don't understand. What is the benefit to the government? Who is
the "executive"? Are they related to the "supplier"? I'm sorry... I just
honestly don't understand the example.


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