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  • Open Source Initiative Welcomes Cumulus Networks As Premium Sponsor

    Cumulus Networks' contributions support open source projects, developer communities, and now as an OSI Premium Sponsor, advocacy.

    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), the internationally recognized home of the open source software movement working to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, announced today the generous sponsorship of Cumulus Networks. Cumulus joins OSI's growing community of corporations that recognize the importance of not only investing in open source software projects and development, but also building a diverse ecosystem that promotes collaboration, enables innovation, and ensures quality.

    Cumulus Networks has a strong tradition of internally-driven development of original open source software, including most notably, contributions to the Linux kernel that complete the data center feature set for Linux such as Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF), MPLS, MLAG infrastructure, multicast routing features, etc. Cumulus' most recent open source effort is FRRouting, co-developed by a group of contributing companies in the open networking space, to enhance routing protocols. Cumulus Networks has also been a key driving member of the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) with contributions to the Open Compute Project, Prescriptive Topology Manager--which simplifies the deployment of large L3 networks--and ifupdown2, a rewrite of Debian's tool for configuring networks that greatly simplifies large, complicated networking configurations.

    In addition to technical and code contributions, Cumulus has also invested in the development of educational and training programs to help open source developers and users become active contributors with a wide range of freely available resources. "We're very excited by Cumulus' sponsorship," said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. "Of course we're very grateful for their generous financial support, but also, as part of the sponsorship, we'll also be working with the Cumulus team to create and distribute professional development and training resources that will help the entire open source community learn new technologies, develop skills and more deeply engage with projects."

    "Open source is one Cumulus Networks' core principles, and we have a strong background at the company of both developing original open source software and contributing to projects," said Shrijeet Mukherjee, VP of Engineering of Cumulus Networks. "We're thrilled to sponsor The Open Source Initiative and contribute to an organization that is so positively impacting the community by raising awareness and adoption of open source."

    Contributions like those from Cumulus, 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 Cumulus Networks
    Cumulus Networks (https://www.cumulusnetworks.com) is leading the transformation of bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud. As the only systems solution that fully unlocks the vertical network stacks of the modern data center, Cumulus Linux allows companies of all sizes to affordably build and efficiently operate their networks just like the world's largest data centers. By allowing operators to use standard hardware components, Cumulus Networks offers unprecedented operational speed and agility, at the industry's most competitive cost. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders.

    About The Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about OSI sponsorship, see https://opensource.org/sponsors.



  • The Faces of Open Source: Mike Dolan

    We're pleased to present the eighth, but sadly, final episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law", featuring Mike Dolan. We'd like to thank Shane for his great work in introducing the issues related to open source software and communities, as well as the people so deeply involved and committed to helping the movement succeed.


    It was the end of the conference, we had seven interviews completed, and the staff was packing up all around. Mike and I got together during the goodbyes between everyone and he mentioned he had a little free time. Instead of closing the season with a typical interview we decided to go a little light-hearted. We grabbed some potted plants from around the main conference room, pushed a few chairs together, and created a genuine knock-off of Between Two Ferns.

    Mike commented that our setup was just as ramshackle as the actual show. Despite this we recorded one of the longer and most content-filled interviews of the season, providing a perfect end point to an experiment in connecting personalities to well-known names in the open source legal sphere.


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    "Mike Dolan - The Faces of Open Source Law - Season 1 - Episode 8" is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license. "The Faces of Open Source Law" was shot during breaks at the FSFE Legal Network 'Legal and Licensing Workshop' in Barcelona during April 2017. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!



  • Transitions in Leadership

    Serving as president of the Open Source Initiative over the past few years has been a joy and an honor, and if I write a memoir someday I'm sure these will stand out as some of the best and brightest years in a long and happy open source career. It has been a delight to collaborate closely with so many people I admire greatly, including Deb Bryant, Molly de Blanc, Richard Fontana, Leslie Hawthorn, Mike Milinkovich, Simon Phipps, Josh Simmons, Carol Smith, Paul Tagliamonte, Italo Vignoli, and Stefano Zacchiroli.

    I'm incredibly proud of what the organization has accomplished in that time, continuing stewardship of the open source license list, and growing our individual membership and affiliate programs which provide a path for the entire open source community to have a say in the governance of the OSI.

    All good things must come to an end, and the time has come for me to pass along the president's hat to the next volunteer. My work life has grown busier and busier in recent months, and I'm starting a PhD soon, so the time I have available to contribute to the OSI has become incredibly fractured. I'd rather empower someone else to do a great job as president than do a mediocre job of it myself for the rest of the year.

    It gives me great pleasure to share the news that the OSI board has elected Simon Phipps as the next president. Having Simon at the helm will help make the transition particularly easy, since he served as OSI president before me. I've known Simon for many years, long before either of us was involved in the OSI, and one thing that has always impressed me is the way he consistently engages with new ideas, championing the relevance of open source in the ever-changing modern world. He also gave the best talk that I've ever seen explaining the four software freedoms and advocating for software freedom (at a conference in Oslo in 2011).

    I'll remain as a member of the OSI board, both to support a smooth transition to the new president, and to continue involvement in several active projects at the OSI. My hope is that handing off the administrative responsibility to Simon will enable me to focus my limited volunteer time on other things like improving the license review process.

    I'll close with an invitation: if you have a passion for open source and/or free software, consider running for the OSI board in one of our annual elections. Any individual member of the OSI can self-nominate as a candidate for the board (voted by the body of individual members), and active affiliate organizations of the OSI can nominate anyone as a candidate (voted by the body of affiliate organizations). Director terms are only 2-3 years, so serving on the board isn't an overwhelming commitment, and is a great way to contribute your skills and experience to the open source and free software community. Who knows, maybe you'll be the next president of the OSI after Simon.



  • Microsoft Makes it Official: Becomes Sponsor of Open Source Initiative

    After years of increasing involvement and engagement in open source software projects and communities, Microsoft takes what may be their most dramatic step, joining the home of the open source software movement.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sept. 26, 2017 -- The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI) the global non-profit dedicated to promoting and protecting open source software through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, announced today that Microsoft has joined the organization as a Premium Sponsor.

    Microsoft's history with the OSI dates back to 2005 with the submission of the Microsoft Community License, then again in August of 2007 with the submission of the Microsoft Permissive License. For many in the open source software community, it was Microsoft's release of .NET in 2014 under an open source license that may fave first caught their attention. Microsoft has increasingly participated in open source projects and communities as users, contributors, and creators, and has released even more open source products like Visual Studio Code and Typescript.

    The company is a leading contributor to open source software projects on GitHub (also an OSI Corporate Sponsor); brought Bash/Linux to Windows 10; expanded its support for Linux and open source workloads on Azure; worked with OSI Affiliate Member FreeBSD Foundation to support the operating system on Azure; joined OSI Affiliate Member Linux Foundation and many of its foundations and projects. In addition, Microsoft works with companies like Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE, and open source can now be found throughout Microsoft products.

    "This is a significant milestone for the OSI and the open source software movement more broadly," said Patrick Masson, OSI General Manager and Board Director. "I don't think there could be any greater testament to the maturity, viability, interest, and success of open source software than not only Microsoft's recognition, but also their support as a sponsor, as well as their participation as contributors to so many open source projects and communities."

    "The work that Open Source Initiative does is vital to the evolution and success of open source as a first-class element in the software industry. As Microsoft engages with open source communities more broadly and deeply, we are excited to support the Open Source Initiative's efforts," said Jeff McAffer, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Programs Office.

    OSI Corporate Sponsorship provides funding to support a variety of unique initiatives dedicated to the promotion and protection of open source software and the communities that develop it. The OSI understands corporate use of open source software, and participation within its development communities, is vital to the movement's overall success. The corporate sponsorship program provides an open and transparent mechanism, allowing companies to show support for open source software, the community, and the activities of the OSI. Donations allow the organization to continue its mission of education, advocacy, bridge-building, and of course, its license certification programs and stewardship of the Open Source Definition.

    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. 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 a sponsor, please visit: https://opensource.org or contact osi@opensource.org.

    For more information about Microsoft's open source activities, see https://opensource.microsoft.com or contact opensource@microsoft.com.



  • American International University, West Africa Extends Curriculum as Open Source Initiative Member

    New membership highlights growing interest in open source software and development among institutions of higher education and global communities.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sept. 25, 2017 -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), the global non-profit formed to educate about, and advocate for, the benefits of open source software and build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community, announced today that The American International University, West Africa's (AIUWA) has joined the organization as an Affiliate Member. AIUWA is a unique educational instituion of higher education, combining degree-seeking programs, along with professional development and certification. The program's mandatory academic and professional courses enable students to graduate with both academic credentials and professional qualifications. AIUWA also serves as a center for health, management, and information technology research and development in Africa.

    "AIUWA's membership is incredibly satisfying for the OSI," said Patrick Masson, OSI General Manager and Director. "First, the OSI Board has identified specific goals to increase membership and representation from both higher education, and international communities, especially in Africa. This highlights that our work is making an impact." Masson continued, "Secondly, AIUWA's program is incredibly innovative—offering both degree programs and professional credentials—I think it is a model we can help share to other institutions, which of course is right in line with our mission of 'building bridges between communities.'"

    AIUWA, and particularly its College of Management & IT, are simply the first of their kind: founded to address the growing reality of today's technology-based economy where many university graduates must extend their education, returning to learn what is expected by employers after graduation. As a result, the College of Management & IT at AIUWA was setup and has developed programs to bridge the gap between academia and the work place, creating alliances with Oracle, Microsoft & Cisco Academies. IN addition, recognizing the growing impact of open source within technology, AIUWA is now developing an Open Source Academy, in line with their existing portfolio, as well as a student-driven Open Source Club, to expose their students to open source technologies.

    "OSI is the de-facto body for open source technologies. Affiliation with OSI aligns with our mission to bring industry into academia. This affiliation with OSI will give more credibility and guidance for preparing the workforce of tomorrow within the classroom," said Olawale Fabiyi, the Head of the Computer Science & Technology Department at AIUWA.

    The OSI Affiliate Member Program is available at no-cost to non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies—independent groups with a commitment to open source—that support OSI's mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

    About American International University, West Africa — The College of Management and information Technology

    The College of Management and information Technology at the American International University, West Africa the Gambia provides curricula tailored to meeting the requirements of industries and train students to be academically, practically and professionally prepared to "hit the ground running" in the industry. The College provides a platform for galvanizing and channeling the energy and intellectual prowess of the youth to accelerate Africa's growth and development, and by so doing, making contributions to global advancement in human capacity. You can learn more about The College of Management and information Technology at http://aiu.edu.gm/cmit/

    About the Open Source Initiative

    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. 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 a sponsor, please visit: http://opensource.org.

    Media Contact
    Italo VIgnoli
    Chair, Communications Committee
    italo@opensource.org



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