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OSS project
This upcoming free webinar -- from Capital One and The Linux Foundation -- will provide the necessary information to get your open source project underway with proven best practices.

Free Webinar on Starting a Collaborative Open Source Project

Starting a collaborative open source software project involves more than a great idea and the code to get it going. Much of the work involves deciding how you want your community of developers to build and evolve the code. But there’s no need to be intimidated by the process. This upcoming free...
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Open Source Groups Provide New Licensing Resources

Newcomers to free and open source software (FOSS) might be bewildered by the variety of licenses that dictate how users can use community offerings. For example, the Open Source Initiative lists nine "popular licenses" and Wikipedia lists dozens more coming in a variety of flavors for different...
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open source compliance
A successful open source compliance program involves establishing a clean compliance baseline for your product or software portfolio.

Establishing a Clean Software Baseline for Open Source License Compliance

One of a company’s first challenges when starting an open source compliance program is to find exactly which open source software is already in use and under which licenses it is available. This initial auditing process is often described as establishing a clean compliance baseline for your...
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Samsung’s SmartThings website is the external portal for the company’s open source IoT software.

How and Why to do Open Source Compliance Training at Your Company

The following is adapted from The Linux Foundation’s e-book, Open Source Compliance in the Enterprise, by Ibrahim Haddad, PhD. Education and communication are two essential building blocks in any open source software compliance program. Both help ensure that employees, as well as others outside the...
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7 Notable Legal Developments in Open Source in 2016

A number of interesting and notable legal developments in open source took place in 2016. These seven legal news stories stood out: 1. Victory for Google on fair use in Java API case In 2012 the jury in the first Oracle v. Google trial found that Google's inclusion of Java core library APIs in...
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Coopetition: All's Fair in Love and Open Source

​"I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it." Walt Disney PostgreSQL vs. MySQL. MongoDB vs. Cassandra. Solr vs. Elasticsearch. ReactJS vs. AngularJS. If you have an open source project that you are passionate about, chances are a competing...
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Marc Merlin
Respect for licenses is key to open source software development, said Marc Merlin in his talk at LinuxCon North America. Image copyright: Swapnil Bhartiya

How Google Uses and Contributes to Open Source

Engineer Marc Merlin has been working at Google since 2001 but has been involved with Linux since 1993, in its very early days. Since then, open source adoption has dramatically increased, but a new challenge is emerging: Not many companies care about the license side of open source, Merlin stated...
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Monitoring Open Source Software Key for DevOps Shops

Monitoring open source software is crucial, as enterprise IT shops increasingly fold it into application development and use it to automate application deployment.  It was once rare to monitoropen source software, as enterprises would frequently place a blanket ban on software under General Public...
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EFF Sues US Government, Saying Copyright Rules on DRM Are Unconstitutional

Since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) became law in 1998, it has been a federal crime to copy a DVD or do anything else that subverts digital copy-protection schemes. Soon, government lawyers will have to show up in court to defend those rules. Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier...
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Open source tools
Here are some of the best free resources when you're launching an open source project.

Free Tools for Driving an Open Source Project to Success

Increasingly, as open source technology becomes more pervasive, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to build out and oversee their own open source projects. From Google, to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community. Have you...
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