The Open Source Initiative Still Lives

There was a time when the Open Source Initiative was one of the hotbeds of open-source activity. After the retirement of its co-founder and leader, Eric Raymond, in January 2005, the OSI lost much of its fire. That may be changing soon, though.

An investigation by Linux-Watch has found that there is still heat in what appeared to be the organization’s quiet ashes.

What’s the OSI? Basically, the nonprofit OSI, founded in 1998 by Raymond and others, was formed for the purpose of “managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community, specifically through the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program.” In short, the OSI was traditionally the group that decided whether a license is true-blue “open source” or not.

After Raymond left, leaving the organization briefly in the hands of Russ Nelson, founder of Crynwr Software, Michael Tiemann, Red Hat’s vice president of open-source affairs, became the OSI’s president.

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