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Fossology
To help celebrate Fossology’s 10th anniversary, we look at how the project makes it easier to understand and comply with open source licenses.

FOSSology Turns 10 – A Decade of Highlights

FOSSology turns ten this year. Far from winding down, the open source license compliance project is still going strong. The interest in the project among its thriving community has not dampened in the least, and regular contributions and cross-project contributors are steering it toward productive...
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SPDX Clears Confusion Around Software Licenses

The Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) is a Linux Foundation project to help reduce the ambiguity of software by defining standards for reporting information. The license is one such piece of information. SPDX provides a format for listing the specific license variant and version that applies to...
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New GitHub Features Focus on Open Source Community

GitHub is adding new features and improvements to help build and grow open source communities. According to the organization, open source thrives on teamwork, and members need to be able to easily contribute and give back. The new features are centered around contributing, open source licensing,...
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How Open Source Took Over the World

GOING WAY BACK, pretty much all software was effectively open source. That's because it was the preserve of a small number of scientists and engineers who shared and adapted each other's code (or punch cards) to suit their particular area of research. Later, when computing left the lab for the...
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Linux Foundation Releases Business Open Source Basics Ebook

Want to know how your business can get the most from open source? This free ebook can help. Developers know that open source is great. Even Microsoft is now on the open-source bandwagon. But, outside of the IT department, many companies don't understand why and how open source can help their...
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Open Compliance
The latest article in this series covers four common open source license compliance failures and how to avoid them.

4 Common Open Source License Compliance Failures and How to Avoid Them

The following is adapted from Open Source Compliance in the Enterprise by Ibrahim Haddad, PhD. Companies or organizations that don’t have a strong open source compliance program often suffer from errors and limitations in processes throughout the software development cycle that can lead to open...
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Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel at LinuxCon 2016
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Git, and Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at VMware, at LinuxCon 2016.

Linus Torvalds Reflects on 25 Years of Linux

When Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system, Linux, on Aug. 25, 1991, it was a "completely personal project,” Torvalds said at LinuxCon today. The kernel totaled 10,000 lines of code that would only run on the same type of hard disk Torvalds himself used because the geometry of the...
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Open Standards, Move Over

Well, that's a blog title I never expected to use here. Back in 2003, over 800 blog posts ago, I decided to launch something I called the Standards Blog. Not surprisingly, it focused mostly on the development, implementation and importance of open standards. But I also wrote about other areas of...
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