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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.”  It examines compliance practices needed when software supplied by a third party vendor is brought into the code baseline of a product to be distributed externally.   The white paper discusses requirements a company should impose upon its suppliers to disclose FOSS in their deliverables and to provide what’s needed to achieve compliance.  The paper also discusses steps a company can take to review and validate the FOSS disclosures made by its suppliers.  In addition to those topics, the white paper addresses measures a company can undertake to assess its suppliers’ compliance capabilities.

Take a look!

Open Compliance Training Class Offered in Conjunction with LinuxCon North America

Once again, an onsite open compliance training course will be offered directly after a major Linux Foundation event.  We’ll deliver LF384, “Overview of Open Source Compliance End-to-End Process” right after LinuxCon North America in Vancouver, on Saturday August 20, 2011 at the conference hotel.   It’s important to The Linux Foundation to provide every opportunity to the community for learning and exchanging ideas about compliance. By hosting this one-day training course in conjunction with LinuxCon, we hope to increase access to important content on open compliance and to provide a classroom environment for collaboration on this topic.

The full-day course focuses on how to organize and manage the compliance function so that your company can benefit from FOSS while complying with all license obligations.  If you’ll be responsible for implementing your company’s compliance program, you’ll surely profit from this class.  Just go to http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=923767  to register.  And, by the way, you can register for the course even if you don’t plan to attend LinuxCon.  If you have any questions about registration, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If you have questions about the course content or you’re interested in the course but can’t make the event in Vancouver and want to find out about other course offerings, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Check out the LinuxCon conference site for more info about our 20th anniversary celebration of Linux (including black tie gala(!)) and a great technical program that features a number of compliance talks by industry experts.

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