A global open source license compliance project, designed to simplify and make the open source license compliance more consistent for participants in the software supply chain, has been supported by Microsoft.
The OpenChain project, through its OpenChain curriculum, seeks to produce the "educational foundation" for open source processes and solutions by creating a more predictable, understandable and efficient open source licensing process for the software supply chain.
Microsoft joins other global technology powers, including Uber, Google and Facebook, and will help establish best practices and global standards for open software compliance. This will allow its customers to have an even greater choice and opportunity to "connect Microsoft and other technologies in heterogeneous environments".
"Trust is the key to open source and compliance with open source licenses is an important part of trust," said David Rudin, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft. "By joining the OpenChain project, we look forward to working alongside the community to define compliance standards that help build trust in the open source ecosystem and the supply chain."
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"We are thrilled that Microsoft has joined the project and welcomed their experience," said Shane Coughlan, General Manager of OpenChain. "Microsoft is an important addition not only in terms of open source, but also of standardization: their membership offers a great balance to our business community, cloud, automotive and silicon, allowing us to ensure that the standard is suitable for any company of any size industry. "
As a platinum member, a Microsoft representative will join the board of directors of OpenChain. Other Platinum members of the OpenChain project include Adobe, ARM Holdings, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, GitHub, Google, Harman International, Hitachi, Qualcomm, Siemens, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Uber and Western Digital.