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}}The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting open-source software.The organization was founded in late February 1998 by Bruce Perens and Eric S. Raymond, part of a group inspired by the Netscape Communications Corporation publishing the source code for its flagship Netscape Communicator product. Later, in August 1998, the organization added a board of directors.Raymond was president from its founding until February 2005, followed briefly by Russ Nelson and then Michael Tiemann. In May 2012, the new board elected Simon Phipps as presidentWEB,weblink OSI Board Elects New Officers, 2012-05-23, 2012-05-21, and in May 2015 Allison Randal was elected as presidentWEB, Phipps, Simon, Outgoing President tweet,weblink 13 May 2015, when Phipps stepped down in preparation for the 2016 end of his Board term.WEB, Phipps, Simon, Handing On The Baton,weblink Open Source Initiative, 15 May 2015, Phipps became President again in September 2017.WEB, Randal, Allison, Transitions in Leadership,weblink 28 September 2017, 10 October 2017,


As a campaign of sorts, "open source" was launched in 1998 by Jon "maddog" Hall, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, and others.History of the OSIA Look Back at 10 Years of OSIThe group adopted the Open Source Definition for open-source software, based on the Debian Free Software Guidelines. They also established the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a steward organization for the movement. However, they were unsuccessful in their attempt to secure a trademark for 'open source' to control the use of the termweblink Announcement of losing 'open source' trademark In 2008, in an apparent effort to reform governance of the organization, the OSI Board invited 50 individuals to join a "Charter Members" group; by 26 July 2008, 42 of the original invitees had accepted the invitations. The full membership of the Charter Members has never been publicly revealed, and the Charter Members group communicated by way of a closed-subscription mailing list, "osi-discuss", with non-public archives.OSI Charter Member Discuss List In 2012, under the leadership of OSI director and then-president Simon Phipps, the OSI began transitioning towards a membership-based governance structure. The OSI initiated an Affiliate Membership program for "government-recognized non-profit charitable and not-for-profit industry associations and academic institutions anywhere in the world".WEB,weblink Become an OSI Affiliate, Subsequently, the OSI announced an Individual Membership programWEB,weblink OSI Announces Individual Membership, and listed a number of Corporate Sponsors.OSI Corporate SponsorsOn November 8, 2013, OSI appointed Patrick Masson as its General Manager.NEWS,weblink OSI Names New General Manager, 2013-10-23, LWN, 2014-01-27,

Relationship with the free software movement

Both the modern free software movement and the Open Source Initiative were born from a common history of Unix, Internet free software, and the hacker culture, but their basic goals and philosophy differ.{{how|date=December 2018}} The Open Source Initiative chose the term "open source," in founding member Michael Tiemann's words, to "dump the moralizing and confrontational attitude that had been associated with 'free software'" and instead promote open source ideas on "pragmatic, business-case grounds."WEB,weblink History of the OSI, Tiemann, Michael, Michael Tiemann, 2006-09-19, Open Source Initiative, 2009-04-25, As early as 1999, OSI co-founder Perens objected to the "schism" that was developing between supporters of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the OSI because of their disparate approaches. (Perens had hoped the OSI would merely serve as an "introduction" to FSF principles for "non-hackers."WEB,weblink It's Time to Talk About Free Software Again, 2014-11-19, 2014-11-19, yes,weblink 2014-07-16, ) Richard Stallman of FSF has sharply criticized the OSI for its pragmatic focus and for ignoring what he considers the central "ethical imperative" and emphasis on "freedom" underlying free software as he defines it.WEB,weblink Why 'Open Source' Misses the Point of Free Software, 2009-04-25, Stallman, Richard, Richard Stallman, 2009-04-21, Free Software Foundation, Nevertheless, Stallman has described his free software movement and the Open Source Initiative as separate camps within the same broad free-software community and acknowledged that despite philosophical differences, proponents of open source and free software "often work together on practical projects."

Board members

As of April 2019, the Open Source Initiative board of Directors is:WEB, Board - Annotated,weblink Open Source Initiative, 17 April 2019, {{Col-begin}}{{Col-3}}
  • Pamela Chestek
  • Hong Phuc Dang
  • Molly de Blanc
  • Christine Hall
  • Elana Hashman
  • Chris Lamb
  • Faidon Liambotis
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  • Carol Smith
{{Col-end}}Past board members includeWEB,weblink Open Source Initiative, 17 February 2019, :{{Col-begin}}{{Col-3}} {{Col-3}} {{Col-3}} {{Col-end}}

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