New affiliate membership highlights diverse communities of interest supporting open source software beyond programmers.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the steward of the Open Source Definition (or OSD), is announcing the affiliate membership of SysArmy. SysArmy, a community of system administrators and IT professionals from Argentina, was founded to provide, "support for those who give support."
Ariel Jolo, SysArmy's founder, explains: "SysArmy's membership is comprised of system and network administrators working across Argentina. We bring together IT professionals to share knowledge, find peers, grow networks and have fun." Jolo added, "The community is growing rapidly, and being part of the Open Source Initiative will help us boost our growth and consolidate our position in the ecosystem."
SysArmy organizes several community building events supporting the use of open source software within IT infrastructures: Nerdear, an open source conference which runs twice a year; AdminFest; SysAdmin's Appreciation Day - Argentinian Chapter; as well as several meet ups.
SysArmy events benefit from a series of international partners, highlighting the organization's success and scope, these include: MuleSoft, O'Reilly, GitHub and SaltStack - plus the local sponsor www.ekoparty.org (the biggest security conference in Latin America).
"SysArmy confirms the impact of open source across the technology sector. It's not just about software developers and development, but importantly the user communities that now rely on open source to deliver services and support systems," adds OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. "The OSI is keen to support all kinds of free and open source software communities, from typical development-centric software projects, to the growing number of end-user communities, such as SysArmy, which represents those working with open source software on a daily basis."
The OSI Affiliate Member Program is available at no-cost to non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies--independent groups with a commitment to open source--that support OSI's mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure, and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
SysArmy is the Argentinian SysAdmin Community, bringing together the broad IT professional community. More can be found at, http://sysarmy.com.ar/.