OSI Membership drive continues

OSI welcomes five new affiliates in continuing reform

Chris Mayer
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New Open Source Initiative President Simon Phipps has acted quickly in his tenure adding five new organisation as Affiliate Members – including Wikimedia and the community behind LibreOffice.

The new OSI President Simon Phipps has been quick to put his
rubber stamp on the open source evangelising foundation, bringing
in five new affiliates as members to strengthen the new Affiliate Scheme.

The non-profit corporation is
currently undergoing radical reform, spearheaded by Phipps into
opening up towards a membership model. The arrival of five new
members is sure to make the OSI even stronger moving forward. Some
of those already pledging allegiance to the OSI’s mantra of

educating and advocating ‘the
benefits of open source’ include the likes of Eclipse, Apache and
Mozilla.


The newcomers include:

  • AFUL, Association Francophone
    des Utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres (French speaking Libre
    Software Users’ Association)
  • The Document
    Foundation
    , home to the LibreOffice community
  • The OuterCurve
    Foundation
    , working to enable the exchange of code and
    understanding among software companies and open source
    communities
  • OW2, the open source community
    for infrastructure software
  • The
    Wikimedia Foundation
    , which operates some of the largest
    collaboratively-edited reference projects in the world, including
    Wikipedia

Phipps gave
all a warm welcome in his blog
, before singling out the
non-profit Wikimedia Foundation for jumping onboard. He
added:

 As well as open source development communities, I
would also love to see open source user groups all over the world
apply to join OSI, as the French user association AFUL has
done.

The Wikimedia Foundation and The Document Foundation are both
huge, so to have them engage in the OSI is encouraging. It’s
testament to Phipps’ input that the list is already a who’s who of
the open source world, and with five more getting the green light,
we could see the OSI become a bigger player in educating the globe
about the scope of open source. Full details of OSI Affiliate
Membership and the names of the Affiliate Members are now available
on 
OSI’s
Affiliate Membership pages
 together with details for
other non-profit and not-for profit organisations on how to
join.

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