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SECURITY, COMPLIANCE & PROJECT HEALTH
Today and for the foreseeable future, the open source software ecosystem forms a significant element in the basic software infrastructure for the world’s civil systems, including financial, energy, safety, and consumer devices. When there are critical open source software project security failures, we often find the reason was due to a lack of warning in industry that this sustainable investment model was not working. Gaining an understanding of the software components and dependencies, as well as the licensing that governs a project, is necessary in order to understand its health and sustainability and to avoid security-related surprises.
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We host projects that help make open source projects more secure and make license compliance easier. We also work to better understand and monitor open source community health and foster better collaboration between top open source program office managers, all in an effort to create sustainable technology ecosystems that last the test of time.
Open Compliance Program
These resources educate developers and help companies understand their license requirements and how to build efficient, frictionless, and often automated processes to support compliance.
Open Source Strategy Guides
Leverage best practices for running an open source program office or starting an open source project in your organization. Developed by The Linux Foundation in partnership with the TODO Group, these resources represent the experience of our staff, projects, and members.
FOSSology 10 Years of License Scanning
In the absence of a license, software must be treated as all rights reserved, and not distributed further. As a result, understanding the license is key to being able to determine what one is allowed to do with the software.
Free Training: Compliance Basics for Developers
This course teaches the importance of adding copyrights and license to code and provides an overview of the types of licenses to consider, as well as the other permissions that may need to be secured prior to external contribution.