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Reflections from LinuxCon

I just returned from a great trip to Vancouver for LinuxCon North America 2011.  Here’s a quick (and visual) report on the proceedings, with a bias toward the FOSS compliance presentations.

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Open Compliance Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

LinuxCon North America opens this week in Vancouver, with a centerpiece celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux.  The Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Program celebrates a milestone, too:   its one-year anniversary.

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Linux Foundation Releases New White Paper on FOSS Compliance for Suppliers

The Linux Foundation strives to provide relevant, useful guidance to organizations setting up their free and open source software (FOSS) compliance programs.  Last month, we released a white paper titled “A Five Step Compliance Process for FOSS Identification and Review.” Now, we are releasing a freely available new white paper “FOSS Compliance Practices for Supplied Software.”

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Linux Foundation Releases New FOSS Compliance White Paper

The Linux Foundation continues to provide simple, straightforward guidance to organizations setting up their open source compliance programs. Last month, we released a free webinar titled “Six Tips to Getting Started With Open Source Compliance.”  Before that, we published “Keys to Managing a FOSS Compliance Program.”

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It’s a Wrap! (LinuxCon Japan 2011)

LinuxCon Japan 2011 just concluded in early June. While many industry and cultural groups have canceled scheduled conferences and performances in Japan due to the triple tragedy of March 11, the Linux Foundation moved forward with its annual meeting. Turnout was great – reportedly 500 strong – and the technical program was strong. There were also some great opportunities for socializing and renewing acquaintances. The Compliance Mini-Summit drew an impressive audience of about 40 people for a four-hour program that included presentations and a panel session from open source compliance leaders: Shane Coughlan of Opendawn discussed the evolution of FOSS governance Sunil Kumar D and Timo Jokiaho of Huawei shared a corporate perspective on GPL compliance Bill McQuaide of Black Duck Software and Steve Grandchamp of OpenLogic, respectively, shared their insights into corporate adoption of FOSS and their wisdom and experience about FOSS compliance and governance Phil Koltun of the Linux Foundation discussed ways to get started with a compliance program Tsugikazu Shibata, a member of the LF Board of Directors, joined Bill and Steve to provide a Japanese perspective on compliance program implementation. LinuxCon Japan also enjoyed a lively kickoff session, with Linus Torvalds reminiscing about 20 years of Linux kernel work, as prompted by questions from Greg Kroah-Hartman and the audience.   Part of the dialogue was...

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