I work as a software developer for a large software development company and have been told that I can't use opensource software anymore. I currently use opensource for 90% of the work I do and the tools I use are also used by the rest of my team, my boss and the general development community (Eclipse, Maven, MySQL, etc..)
Has anyone been in a similar situation and effected a change in policy?
Recently, the company issued security guidelines to the entire company. These are mostly pretty normal, like you have to run corporate anti-virus, can't install pirated software, and don't download audio/video files.
However, they also mandated that no open source software would be allowed.
My boss wants to justify not only specific pieces of software, for which we could get business justification, but wants to try and convince senior leadership that open source is a valuable part of what we do and that we, as software developers, need to have more latitude about what we can install on our own computers.
Again, I know we can get justification for most of what we need; but the nature of our work is that tomorrow I might run across some useful tool that can help me execute a certain task and it's unreasonable to expect that we'd have to go through the justification process for that on an ad hoc basis.
Any help is much appreciated.