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.

Now working at Red Hat, Richard was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center where he represented a number of nonprofit clients, principally the Free Software Foundation. He is perhaps best known for his work on the drafting of GPLv3, LGPLv3 and AGPLv3 with Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen. He brings great experience of the practicalities of open source and the Board are delighted to welcome Richard as its newest member.

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.