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The Ins and Outs of Open Source Audits: Part One

Mar 02, 2011, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"No matter what industry your business is in, you're almost certainly using open source software. The question is whether you know how you're using open source, what licenses are in play, and whether you're meeting all of your license requirements. If you can't answer all of these questions — and most businesses can't — you may want to perform an open source audit as a starting point. Why? An audit can answer the question of what Open Source Software (OSS) is present in your code and what licenses that OSS falls under.

"Open source is a broad term used to encompass a wide variety of licenses. Generally, open source licenses allow redistribution and modification of the work and do not place restrictions on fields of use. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a community organization that reviews and approves licenses that meet the Open Source Definition (OSD). Many of the most popular open source licenses are OSI approved."

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