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[News] Simon Phipps Becomes OSI Director

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Simon Phipps elected as OSI director

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| The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has 
| elected Simon Phipps to the board of 
| directors; Phipps recently left Oracle 
| after serving as Sun's Chief Open Source 
| Officer. He will take up his new position 
| on the OSI board from April 1st. In a blog 
| posting confirming the appointment, Phipps 
| says he is "honoured and delighted" to take 
| up the position on the board of an 
| organisation which "still plays a very 
| important and relevant role in the world of 
| software freedom".


â Change at OSI

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| I gather that the Board of Directors of the 
| Open Source Initiative met on Sunday to 
| elect the board for their 2010-11 financial 
| year. I am both honoured and delighted to 
| discover that they have elected me as a 
| Director, with effect from April 1st.



Truth In Labelling

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| That's about more than just licensing. It also includes
| factors such as diversity of copyright ownership,
| representative leadership, use of open standards, patent
| safety, control of trademarks, openness of governance and
| more. While measuring such "inputs" can never wholly
| identify the holistic concept which is software freedom, I
| am still convinced the next step for open source is to
| devise "open source definitions" for these other key
| attributes, so that we can get away from an undefined and
| loose understanding of an open source business and
| instead have a more nuanced approach.
| What I would like to see is a move by OSI to create a
| suite of "open source definitions" against which a
| business could grade itself, and then indicate how many
| "stars" they score against the full suite. There would
| be very, very few businesses able to score a full set of
| stars, but the transparency of being able to see how
| companies rate in cultivating (rather just exploiting)
| software freedom would benefit us all in creating a
| strong, open market. We could set benchmarks in our
| procurement guidelines, requiring "no less than a five-
| star rating on the open source benchmark", just as we
| require ISO9001 and similar ratings. OSI as an
| organisation is ready for this evolution of its role.
| Who wants to help make it happen? It's time.

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