Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative

Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative

By | September 28th, 2017
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Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative

(OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a

relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates for open source

in business and government.


														
							

The OSI reviewsopen source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to “community norms and expectations.”

As a premium sponsor, Microsoft joins the likes of Google, IGM, HPE, AdblockPlus, GitHub and Heptio as top sponsors of the project. Other sponsors at lower levels include RedHat, The Linux Foundation, Mozilla and HP.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft has been working with the OSI for a couple of years now. It submitted its Microsoft Community License and Microsoft Permission License in 2005 and 2007. It’s also no secret that Microsoft has massively expanded its portfolio of open source projects over the last few years.

Still, there remains a good amount of skepticism in the open source and free software community around why Microsoft is doing this.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni