The Linux Foundation is taking on open-source license compliance through the FOSSology project. FOSSology is a software system and toolkit designed to help technology companies understand and adhere to open-source licenses.
“As Linux and open source have become the primary building blocks for creating today’s most innovative technologies, projects like FOSSology are more relevant than ever,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “FOSSology’s proven track record for improving efficiency in license compliance is the perfect complement to a suite of open compliance initiatives hosted at the Linux Foundation. This work is among the most important work that we all do.”
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FOSSology joins the Linux’s other open compliance efforts such as OpenChain and the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX). With FOSSology, users can run license and copyright scans, and can also generate an SPDX file.
“FOSSology is a mature compliance project which has benefited from a vibrant community of users and contributor,” said Eileen Evans, vice president and deputy general counsel of software, cloud and open source at HP. “We believe that the Linux Foundation’s hosting of the project will enable it to be further utilized across the industry and help increase the adoption of Linux and other open-source software.”
FOSSology 3.0 is expected to be released later this week.