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The Value of Open Source Software In Higher Education

Apereo was founded around a mission to support educational institutions “…collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research". Open source software is at the heart of what Apereo is and does. Why do we believe open source is so important for education?

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

December 2018 License-Review 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:

  • License committee report and review status changes
  • Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)
  • Support for SSPL v2
  • (A new license review process is being discussed on the license-discuss list)

Hacktoberfest Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Five years ago the community team at DigitalOcean wanted to create a program to inspire open source contributions. That first year, in 2014, the first Hacktoberfest participants were asked for 50 commits, and those who completed the challenge received a reward of swag. 676 people signed up and 505 forged ahead to the finish line, earning stickers and a custom limited-edition T-shirt.

This year that number is an astounding 46,088 completions out of 106,582 sign-ups. We’ve seen it become an entry point to developers contributing to open source projects: much more than a program, it’s clear that Hacktoberfest has become a global community movement with a shared set of values and passion for giving back.

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