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OSI Names New General Manager

Newly Appointed General Manager Patrick Masson Joins OSI from University of Massachusetts

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has appointed Patrick Masson as General Manager effective November 8, 2013. Masson is the organization's first full-time management appointment in its fifteen year history. His hiring will support and supplement the organization's volunteer community.

OSI Director Receives Open Source Award

Congratulations to OSI Director Martin Michlmayr, who was one of the recipients of an O'Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON in Portland, OR last week. He was recognised for his long-standing contributions to the Debian project, where he has served two years in the demanding role of Debian Project Lead and remains an active contributor after ten years. Richly deserved recognition for a quiet and effective contributor who just gets stuff done - bravo, Martin!

OSI Welcomes Member-Elected Director

OSI recently held its first election for a director selected by its new Individual Membership. From a very strong field of candidates, a clear majority of Individual Members expressed preference for Richard Fontana to be elected as OSI's newest Director.

OSI Congratulates Richard Stallman And Other Hall-Of-Fame Inductees

The OSI Board extends congratulations to Richard M Stallman on his induction into the Internet Hall of Fame. His work with the GNU Project and the various forms of the General Public License has been a key force in the evolution of Free and Open Source software and he has been an inspiration. We also congratulate the other inductees on the recognition of their contribution to the Internet.

OSI Seeks a General Manager

On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to share the news that we have opened our first management position at the Open Source Initiative. Our search begins now and we expect to bring on board a new General Manager this summer.

This "first" for OSI underscores our commitment to our mission as well as strengthening our move to a membership-driven organization.

Individual Members Election 2013

OSI is working to switch governance to become a member-based organization. Towards that goal, we are now announcing our first Individual Members Election.

OSI Board Meeting Report

The new OSI Board met in Washington DC last week. We held an effective face-to-face meeting where we discussed the progress of our plans to transform OSI into a member-based organisation. We held officer elections, once again electing Martin Michlmayr as Secretary, filling the vacancy for CFO left by Alolita Sharma by electing Karl Fogel and replacing him as Assistant Treasurer by electing Mike Milinkovich. I was re-elected as President and thank the Board for that vote of confidence in this time of change.

OSI Board Changes 2013

One of the ways we're turning OSI into a member organisation is to gradually replace the Board with member-selected directors. This process started last year when OSI's Affiliate members -- non-profit organizations themselves -- selected candidates for the Board.

Non-Profit Accounting Software

Software Freedom Conservancy have announced a fundraising campaign for an Open Source non-profit accounting system.

OSI to Host DC Metro Open Source Community Summit May 10, 2013

Another in the series of public meetings to be hosted by the OSI around its next face-to-face board meeting, OSI will also host the non-profit DC Metro Open Source Community Summit at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. The May 10th, 2013 program will include short sessions by some of our OSI board members and an “unconference” format for maximum attendee participation, collaboration, and

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