We're already trying to start some buzz about YAPC here in Buffalo, and a colleague of mine emailed a friend who does Perl to tell him. He responded:
"We use it [perl] extensively now but 21CFR-11 (FDA certification) is probably going to force us away from perl, CGI, etc (and any open source stuff)."
Does anyone know any details about this regulation and why this company would not be able to use open source software? I know there was a session on open source and the US Government at OSCON, but I missed it and couldn't find any on-line slides.
So far, I've found a web site on the actual regulation and there is some info there. From my reading of the August 2003 update from the FDA, they don't plan to exclude any types of software.
If this is a common misconception, then is seems we (supporters of open source) need to help squash it ASAP! If anyone has any info on this, I'd really like to hear about it.