Linux Journal has an article discussing the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Workforce Connections Zope-based software product developed by DevIS that was released as Open Source code. The article speculates this code may be the first released by the U.S. government as Open Source code.
Not to take anything away from the fine work done by DevIS (who I had the pleasure to meet with during a conference last year), but the code may have been beaten by a few months for the title of first Open Source code released by the U.S. government. (Not that who was first is really that important compared to the importance of the DoL/DevIS contribution, by the way!).
According to the About Workforce Connections™ page, the Workforce Connections code was released on Dec. 25, 2003.
However, on June 6, 2003, the military health group’s The Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui press release said:
An electronic healthcare information system that operates on a Linux platform is now available to hospitals and clinics worldwide in a non-proprietary, open-source version The Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui (Hui) announced this week the release of the Hui OpenVistaTM software on SourceForge.net, an open-source software development web site.
In any case, who was first is not important in the larger scheme of things. I just wanted to point out that there is at least one other project that was released in 2003. And, with all the work going on in various places, there may be yet another project that was released even earlier :-)
Do you know of any other U.S. Government funded software projects released under an Open Source license? Let us know!