To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.

OSI Nominations Open

Nominations for the OSI Board of Directors are now open.

The Open Source Initiative is pleased to announce our 2019 Board Elections. As a membership led organization, your participation in our leadership--both as a voter and a candidate--is critical.

 

NOMINATIONS OPEN: FEBRUARY 3rd, 2019, through MARCH 1, 2019

More information on the eligibility for candidates, the OSI's elections process, responsibilities of the OSI Board and OSI Board Directors, and more on our OSI Board Elections page.

News

January 2019 License-Review Summary

In January, the License-Review mailing list discussed:

  • the new license review process
  • Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)
  • Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.3 (C-FSL v1.3)
    • What are the problems with Original Authors?
    • How is the C-FSL different from CLAs or permissive licenses?
    • Why is the publication requirement a problem?
    • Can the C-FSL be OSI-approved?
  • Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.4 (C-FSL v1.4)

January 2019 License-Discuss Summary

In January, the License-Discuss mailing list discussed:

  • the opensource.dev info site
  • Open Data
  • “intimacy” in Open Source licenses
    • process and interface boundaries
    • corresponding Source
    • is it a problem that the FSF introduced a new word?
    • making sense of the law, and bright lines
    • licensor expectations
  • relicensing and maintainer–community dynamics
  • VanL's upcoming copyleft license

2019 OSI Board Elections

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is managed by a member-elected Board of Directors that is the ultimate authority responsible for the organization. The Board's responsibilities include oversight of the organization, including its operations, staff and budget; setting strategic direction and defining goals in line with the mission, and; serving the community through committees and working groups. The eleven person Board is composed of Directors elected by OSI Individual Members (5) and Affiliate Members (5). The General Manager of the OSI also serves on the Board as a Director (ex officio). The results of elections for both Individual and Affiliate Member Board seats are advisory with the OSI Board making the formal appointments to open seats based on the community's votes.

December 2018 License-Discuss List Summary

I've been asked to provide monthly summaries of the license-review and license-discuss mailing lists. The summaries will also be posted on their respective lists, though this blog version includes detailed links into the list archives. Any feedback is welcome, though replies on the content should of course be made to the original threads.

This month's topics:

  • International Licenses Redux
  • Proposed license decision process
  • "Consideration" in open source licenses
  • Open source license with obligation to display an attribution?
  • SSPL loose ends