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Submission + - Obama edicts boost FOIA and .gov websites (thestandard.com)

Ian Lamont writes: "The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the National Security Archive are praising President Obama's executive orders to make the federal goverment more open. Yesterday, Obama issued two memos and one executive order instructing government agencies to err on the side of making information public and not to look for reasons to legally withhold it. The moves are expected to make it easier for people to file Freedom of Information Act requests, and should also boost the amount of information that agencies place on their websites. The general counsel for the National Security Archive (an NGO that publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act) even predicts that agencies will use blogs to share information. Obama's directives reverse a 2001 memo from former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft instructing federal agencies to generally withhold information from citizens filing FOIA requests."

Comment Re:Linus... (Score 1) 416

It's actually more than that. It means that the drivers should be both GPL *and* in the mainline kernel. The second part is often glossed over, but when a driver is included in the kernel the maintenance load on the original author drops significantly. If a vendor upstreams the driver, they don't need to track every single release anymore. One of the major rules of Linux kernel development is that if you change a global kernel API, then you have to change all of its consumers as well. Vendors would get that upkeep for free.

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