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Linux Foundation to Host Open License Compliance Project FOSSology

By 2015-10-058月 22nd, 2017Press Release


DUBLIN, LinuxCon Europe and Embedded Linux Conference Europe, October 5, 2015The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced it will host the FOSSology project, an open source license compliance software project and set of tools.  

FOSSology was originally founded by HP in 2007. Through community collaboration and industry adoption, it has become a trusted tool for open source license compliance. FOSSology 3.0 is expected to be released this week.

“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.”

FOSSology is used by a variety of companies from law firms like HP Partners Sullivan & Worcester to technology companies such as Bloomberg, HP, Siemens and Wind River. The project allows companies to run license and copyright scans and in one click; and users can generate a Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) file or a ReadMe with the copyrights notices from their software.

“FOSSology is a mature compliance project which has benefited from a vibrant community of users and contributors. 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,” said Eileen Evans, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Software, Cloud and Open Source, HP.

As the use of Linux and other open source software has exploded in recent years, the need has risen for trusted compliance tools and projects hosted by a neutral party. With today’s complex supply chains, it can be difficult to keep up with the code and licenses present in shipping products. To address that complexity, The Linux Foundation hosts a variety of open compliance efforts including OpenChain and SPDX, as well as a set of compliance tools and training curricula.

Siemens is presenting more about the latest release of FOSSology this week at LinuxCon Dublin. To learn more about the session, please visit:

To learn more about FOSSology, please visit:

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