Linux Foundation Launches Open Compliance Program

Tuesday Aug 10th 2010 by Developer.com Staff

The Linux Foundation has create the Open Compliance Program to help organizations comply with open source licenses in increasingly complex supply chains.

The Linux Foundation announced today at LinuxCon the Open Compliance Program.

The Open Compliance Program is "a comprehensive initiative that includes tools, training, a standard format to report software licensing information, consulting and a self-assessment checklist that will help companies comply with open source licenses, increasing adoption of open source and decreasing legal FUD present in the marketplace."

The effort is backed by enterprise computing and consumer electronics companies such as Adobe, AMD, ARM Limited, Cisco Systems, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Novell, Samsung and Sony Electronics.

"As Linux has proliferated up and down the product supply chain, so has the complexity of managing compliance," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. "Our mission is to enable the expansion of free and open source software, so we created this program to give companies the information, tools and processes they need to get the most out of their investment, while maintaining compliance with the licenses governing the software."

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