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Compliance scheme aims to dispel open-source concerns

ZDNet - The Linux Foundation has launched a scheme to help companies comply with open-source licences, partly in response to the increasing use of Linux in mobile devices. The Open Compliance Program, unveiled on Tuesday, is backed by "virtually every major player in the world of enterprise and mobile computing", Linux Foundation chief Jim Zemlin said in a blog post. These companies include Adobe, AMD, Cisco, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Novell, Samsung and Sony. The scheme gives tools for companies using open source, including a code dependency checker, as well as training materials and a self-administered assessment checklist to ensure compliance. It also provides a directory of compliance officers at companies that use Linux and open-source software in their commercial products.