OSI Emeritus Members

OSI's Emeritus Members are a group of distinguished people who have served the OSI in the past and continue to support the global open source community.

Emeritus Members of the OSI Board

Eric S. Raymond - Co-founder (PGP key)
Eric designed the language and marketing tactics around which the OSI was formed. He and Bruce Perens co-founded the organization. Eric lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bruce Perens - Co-founder
Bruce Perens is a computer programmer and advocate in the open source community. He co-founded the OSI with Eric S. Raymond and architect of the Open Source Definition.
Asay, Matt
Behlendorf, Brian
Brasseur, VM (Vicky)
Bryant, Deborah
Coar, Ken (PGP key)
Cooper, Danese
DiBona, Chris
Deutsch, Peter L.
Fogel, Karl
Fontana, Richard
Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer
Godwin, Mike
Gune, Harshad
Hall, Christine
Hawthorn, Leslie
Ito, Joichi
Jagielski, Jim
Kon, Fabio
Masson, Patrick
Mathur, Raj
Michlmayr, Martin
Milinkovich, Mike
Murdock, Ian
Nelson, Russell
Nwakanma, Nnenna
Oliver, Andrew
Phipps, Simon
Sailer, Tim
Salzenberg, Chip
Sharma, Alolita
Smith, Carol
Souza, Bruno
Tagliamonte, Paul
Tiemann, Michael
van Rossum, Guido
Vignoli, Italo
Villa, Luis
Wasserman, Tony
Weerawarana, Sanjiva
Zacchiroli, Stefano

Emeritus Board Observers

Zak Greant
Bdale Garbee
Dr. Ernest Prabhakar

Emeritus Legal Counsel

Larry Rosen
Larry served for many years as general counsel and secretary. He educated us on many issues of trademark, copyright, patent, and contract law.
Laura Majerus
Laura Majerus worked at Fenwick & West when she was counsel for OSI. She is now an in-house lawyer at Google.

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.