posted on Oct, 24 2009 @ 06:33 PM
My recommendation to the OP is to at least understand what something means before publicly commenting on its alleged implications.
According to the press link provided, the wh is using Drupal, which is open source. That means that the source code to Drupal is freely shared, much
like the source code for open office. However, opensource code has nothing to do with the actual information content of the website, just like
the source code that makes up Open Office has nothing to do with what people actually write in the documents they create using Open Office.
It should be noted as well that while many developers contribute to the development of the product, the product is still deployed as specific
stages of development (called releases) at which point the code base for that release is frozen. In other words, running open source Drupal on the wh
server does not mean that the code on the wh server will be modified at any time by third parties out there.
There is nothing sinister or conspiratorial about open source, it's just surprising that a government organization used the uncommonly good sense to
go open source.