Open Source Initiative blogs

  1. Open Source Wrap Up: May 15, 2015

    By "OpenSourceToday" via Reddit

    All content in this post is shared under a CC-BY-SA License.

    =====News from the Samsung Open Source Group Blog=====

    2015 Future of Open Source Study

    For the last 15 years, North Bridge and Black Duck Software have joined efforts every year to conduct a survey about the use of open source in modern business. A record 1,300 people responded to the survey this year, up from 822 in 2013. Respondents included software engineers, CIOs, CEOs, educators, analysts, and more. There is little that has changed in open source trends, and this survey demonstrates the continued pervasive expansion of open source. Here are some notable findings from this year’s survey:

    Enterprise Use/Participation

    • 78% of companies run on open source, and less than 3% don’t use FOSS at all.
    • 64% of respondents said their company currently participates in open source projects, up 14% YOY.
    • 88% expect their companies to increase open source contributions, up from 56% last year.
    • 66% consider OSS to be the default option before proprietary.

    The Open Source Advantage

    • 50% said open source involvement helps their company recruit top talent.
    • 55% said open source delivers better security
    • 89% said open source greatly impacts the speed of innovation
    • 78% said open source improves margins

    What Needs Improvements

    • 55% have no policies or procedures for open source compliance.
    • 27% have a formal policy for employee contributions to OSS.
    • 16% have an automated code approval process.

    Read More from North Bridge

    Samsung Launches ARTIK, a New Platform for IoT

    Samsung has announced the release of ARTIK, an open source platform designed for building IoT devices. The goal of ARTIK is to reduce the fragmentation of the IoT market by providing an end-to-end solution for making interconnected applications for everything from low-powered wearables to high-end smart homes. The group behind the product worked with the team from Arduino to fully integrated the Arduino IDE into ARTIK, making it easier for developers to get started. Samsung is currently taking applications until May 31st to receive an alpha developer kit, so if you are interested in building IoT devices, be sure to check this out. Read More at the Artik Blog.

    The Open Source Initiative Elects a New President

    Simon Phipps was elected as the President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in 2012, and his term ends in April 2016. He recently decided not to pursue a new terms as president of the board, and the board has elected Allison Randal to replace him starting next year. Allison has a long history of working for open source foundations including the Perl Foundation, Parrot Foundation, and Python Software Foundation. She appears to be an ideal candidate to run the organization.

    Read more at the OSI blog.

    =====News from OpenSource.com=====

    Snappy Ubuntu + Robots

    Snappy Ubuntu Core is a minimal server image, for clouds and devices. eWeek tells of it's growing use, and how it's coming to network swtiches and refrigerators. Ars Technica has an article about the Erle-Copter, a drone that runs Ubuntu Snappy, making it the first drone with apps. "The combination of Snappy Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System is a good example of the power of open systems to work together."

    The Vatican uses FITTS format

    The Vatican wants to preserve human history, and it thinks the best way to do so is with open source. The Vatican Library CIO Luciano Ammenti argued his case at the EMC World conference, saying open source will help history be more easily accessible and usable 50 years from now. The Vatican Library digitized 82,000 manuscripts as images instead of text, using the FITTS format—an open source, 64-bit, 3D-ready format.

    Get your Open Data Handbook

    Open Knowledge has announced that the Open Data Handbook has been updated. The new version has over 80 new terms and concepts with easy to understand definitions. Written by expert members of the open data community, and available in over 18 languages, this handbook targets an audience of civil servants, journalists, activists, developers, and more.

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  2. Handing On The Baton

    I joined in with the Open Source Initiative in 2008, was elected to its Board in 2010 and became its President in 2012. Along with the Board, I've pursued a vision of OSI transforming into a membership organisation, serving open source not only as steward of the Open Source Definition and arbiter of which licenses satisfy its requirements and thus deliver software freedom, but also as an enabler for people and organisations that want to make open source better and more popular.

    Since we made this change, we've made great progress. We have many Affiliates, multiple Corporate Sponsors and a substantial number of individual members. We have been able to hire a full-time General Manager, which has resulted in a steady stream of improvements, most visibly regular newsletters but also to infrastructure, Board facilitation and organisational effectiveness. That's led to new work, including being able to act as the fiscal sponsor for OpenHatch, backing the development of a higher-education curriculum and hosting a cross-community group to help open source entities gain US non-profit status.

    As part of these changes, OSI introduced term limits for Board membership so that vacancies for new Directors would open that could be filled by representatives of the new membership. The people who made this wise and bold decision have mostly left the Board now, and I will leave the Board next April as well. In the light of that and with the support of the Board, I decided not to offer myself for re-election as President this year, so there would be space for a new leader to be appointed while I am still a Director.

    As a result, the Board unanimously elected Allison Randal as its new President yesterday. She is a fantastic choice, with long experience at the heart of the free and open source movement as well as in the business use of open source at all scales. She's been chairing the ongoing in-person Board meeting and continuing the move towards an OSI that enables people to make things better in open source as well as stewarding licenses.

    With Allison at the helm, OSI will continue to get better and better and I encourage you to join now as an individual, to affiliate your community and to persuade your company to become a sponsor. The things we have been discussing today at the Board meeting are very exciting and you will want to be part of them!


  3. OSI Welcomes New Sponsor Deciso

    Sponsor of OPNsense, an open source FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform, extends support to broader open source community.

    April 28, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a member-driven and industry-supported non-profit, announced the generous sponsorship of Deciso B.V. Deciso joins existing OSI corporate sponsors Adobe, Craigslist, Engineering Group, IBM, HP, Google, NGINX, Twitter and several others committed to advancing open source software through community-building, education, and public advocacy.

    Deciso is a true believer in open source as an enabler for businesses. As a company, Deciso believes sharing knowledge creates better products: the core tenet of open source and the primary driver for its success over the past 15+ years. “We value the work of the OSI, its vital role in promoting awareness in the importance of non-proprietary software, as well as their efforts in maintaining the open source definition and providing approved licenses,” said Robert van Papeveld, Chief Executive Officer of Deciso.

    "Deciso's sponsorship highlights the growing recognition among corporations in the value of open source software and development," said OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. "Deciso is not only supporting the broad open source movement through their contribution to the OSI, but are also engaging directly with the community through their release of OPNsense.org." Financial sponsorships to the OSI, and open source projects broadly, are increasing as companies across industries realize open source software's promise of quality, reliability, flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in. "The OSI relies on our corporate sponsors to ensure not only our continued success, but the open source movement's as well," said OSI Treasurer and Board Director, Mike Milinkovich. "We thank Deciso for their contribution and confidence."

    Deciso is a long time supporter of open source initiatives and invested both time and money into well known open source projects such as m0n0wall, ZABBIX and Zen Load Balancer. "Sponsoring the Open Source Initiative can be viewed as a big 'thank you!' to everyone who has devoted time and effort to open source software anywhere in the world.” said Jos Schellevis, Chief Technical Officer of Deciso. "To us it also marks a starting point, as we just founded the OPNsense community project." The OSI approved BSD 2-clause license forms the backbone of the OPNsense project (https://opnsense.org) and ensures its primary goal to keep the project open source and available for all. Deciso encourages all businesses who believe and use open source to support the OSI in their efforts.

    Contributions like those from Deciso, allow the OSI to maintain its internationally recognized status as a nexus of trust with a mandate to protect and promote open source. The OSI engages with open source developers, communities of practice, as well as the public and private sectors around the world, furthering open source technologies, licenses, and models of development that can provide economic and strategic advantages.

    About Deciso

    Deciso B.V. (https://www.deciso.com) is a global manufacturer of networking equipment. The company designs and produces complete products for integrators, OEMs and resellers. Deciso believes in the power of open source and actively contributes to the open source community. The company was founded in 2000 and is located in Middelharnis, the Netherlands

    About the Open Source Initiative

    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (http://opensource.org) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. As the steward of the Open Source Definition, the OSI is recognized internationally as the sole standards body for certifying open source licenses and preventing abuse of the open source concept by bad actors. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

  4. OpenMRS joins Open Source Initiative as Affiliate Member

    Partnership highlights core values of both organizations in ensuring access to all members within communities.

    March 30, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), recognized globally for their work in promoting and protecting open source software and development communities, announced today the Affiliate Membership of OpenMRS®, a free and open source health IT platform.

    The OpenMRS community works around the world to bring high-quality open source healthcare information systems to everyone. It creates both a modular software platform that allows individuals, organizations, and countries to customize the software to their specific needs; mobile applications to interact with the system in rural areas; and reference "distributions" that can be used as starting points to design systems to meet the needs of various types of health care delivery. OpenMRS software is based on the principle that information should be stored in a way which makes it easy to summarize, analyze, and securely share with other Health IT systems.

    “We are delighted to have the OpenMRS project join us as an affiliate member,” said Leslie Hawthorn, OSI Board Director. “Their dedication to improving lives through open source medical records software not only supports the mission of the OSI, it makes the world a better place for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

    The OSI Affiliate Member Program allows any non-profit community, organization or institution—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join the OSI in support of it’s mission to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. The current OSI Affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software.

    “Over the last decade, the OpenMRS community has become a believer in open source — both its licensing and its collaborative spirit,” said Paul Biondich, OpenMRS Project Leader. “Open source is a way to empower people around the world to make life better for themselves and for their communities. We believe that the poor should have an equal opportunity to live healthy lives, and open source is a way for them to access technology critical to today's health care systems. For those reasons, we deeply support the mission of the OSI, and are eager to lend our voices to its direction to ensure the long-term success of open source.”

    One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation. The growing number of Affiliate Members highlight both the value of the OSI’s work and acknowledgement of the OSI’s authority in open source licensing.

    About OpenMRS
    OpenMRS started in 2004 as a open source medical record system for developing countries. A volunteer organization, its community nurtures a growing worldwide network of individuals and organizations all focused on creating medical record systems and an implementation network to allow system development self reliance within resource constrained environments. Since launching in a single clinic in Kenya, OpenMRS has been implemented throughout the world, including places like South Africa, Philippines, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and many more. For more information, visit http://openmrs.org/.

    About the Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: opensource.org/affiliates.

    Media Contact
    Ed Schauweker ed@agilepr.net

  5. California Association of Voting Officials, Latest to Join Open Source Initiative
    Organizations aligned in goals of raising awareness and adoption of open source in government and elections.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), the premiere organization that promotes and protects open source, announced today that the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. CAVO is dedicated to the development of open source voting systems for use in public elections, and provides training, education and management best practices to election officials for the effective employment of technologies. OSI Affiliate Members are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who's-who in the world of open source software.

    California Association of Voting Officials CAVO and OSI recognize that advances in open source development can provide citizens and governments the opportunity to ensure that everyone’s vote is counted accurately and securely without being held hostage to private vendors nor aging, outdated infrastructure. Innovation through open source development will provide communities the capacity and certainty to administer elections for this century and keep the promise of democracy, namely that your vote will always count.

    “CAVO's Affiliate Membership not only exemplifies the increasing awareness and adoption of open source software beyond the technology sector, but their work also highlights the alignment in values and benefits among community-based development projects in support of public services like voting,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. “CAVO, like the OSI and many of our other Affiliate Members, has worked with local and national government, advocating for open source software and practices. We're very excited to learn from—and share—their experience and success with the broader open source community.”

    One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.

    "We are excited to be an Affiliate Member with the Open Source Initiative. This relationship will be instrumental in our civil rights effort toward transparency in public elections," said CAVO Secretary Brent Turner. CAVO President, Timothy B Mayer added, "The OSI provides a foundation to our election reform efforts. We proudly support them and are honored to be members."

    About The California Association of Voting Officials
    Formed in December of 2013, the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) is a California nonprofit non-stock mutual benefit corporation designed to create new voting systems utilizing free open source software and inexpensive commodity components. CAVO's scope includes technical support, professional development and advocacy for the effective employment of open source technologies and management practices. You can learn more about CAVO at: www.cavo-us.org/

    About the Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: http://opensource.org/affiliates

    Media Contact
    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

 
 

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