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2 comments Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Patrick Masson Feed
Become an Open Source Initiative member today
The Open Source Initiative is launching their first-ever Individual Membership Drive. The mission of the OSI is to protect and promote open source through software licensing work and community building.
2 comments Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Patrick Masson Feed
Openwashing: Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence
Openwashing is when a company undertakes egregious marketing and promotion schemes that exaggerate their participation in / contributions to / licensing of open source software. How can you be sure you are aware and not affected?
3 comments Posted 3 Dec 2014 by Patrick Masson Feed
licensing intellectual property
Copyright, copyleft, or copy none? The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is concerned that some open source software developers are not choosing a license for their work, so they want to educate software developers and anyone else working on open source projects that simply not choosing a license is not... Read more
5 comments Posted 2 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Giving Tuesday logo
Black Friday first spread to Cyber Monday, then Grey Thursday. Now the week-long spending frenzy has turned charitable with Giving Tuesday. New York’s 92nd Street Y teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to gather a growing group of companies and non-profits "to create a national day of... Read more
0 comments Posted 27 Nov 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Tell me more
One of my personal open source community highlights this year was joining the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board. I first discovered OSI in 2003 when I was asked to weigh in on proposed legislation in Oregon that was designed to mandate the use of open source by all state agencies. Yep, I actually... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Jul 2012 by Deb Bryant Feed
New OSI initiative
OSI is changing, and you can help! I spoke at FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday on behalf of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), where I serve as a director. My noon keynote covered a little of the rationale behind OSI and a quick synopsis of its last decade from my own perspective and then... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Simon Phipps Feed
One of the keys to a successful open source community is appropriate transparency. A community with strong values around transparency will also be likely to respect its participants privacy. Such a community will also be unlikely to have a copyright assignment benefiting a commercial party.... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Apr 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
When you procure proprietary software, you buy a right-to-use license and then a support agreement. But when you buy open source, you already have the right-to-use from the OSI-approved free license, so you should compare the subscription cost with just the cost of a proprietary support agreement.... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
Free and open source software
As I wrote previously concerning indemnity, I constantly encounter both governments and companies claiming they have policies permitting or even favouring open source software. Yet there's still a huge amount of proprietary software being procured by them.
0 comments Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed