PwC Provides Expanded Details on OpenChain Services

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PwC offers Open Source Software management compliance attestation according to the OpenChain industry standard. Thanks to a global PwC reporting platform, the report can be made available to all clients, effectively demonstrating the professional and appropriate handling of Open Source Software.

Suppliers will benefit from PwC OSS certification in invitations to tender, in the initiation of contracts and in negotiations with purchasing departments. At the same time, they will benefit from the outwardly presentable proof of OSS compliance when selling their products and services, as they create confidence in their products

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OpenChain Korea Work Group Meeting # 5 – 19th of March – Cancelled

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The 5th meeting of the OpenChain Korean Work Group scheduled to be hosted by Kakao in Seoul on the 19th of March has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to COVID-19 and joins recent cancellations of face-to-face work group meetings in China and Japan.

We are exploring the possibility of holding the meeting via teleconference. Most details to follow soon.

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Moxa Joins OpenChain Project As Platinum Member To Support Open Source Compliance

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Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 18, 2020—The OpenChain Project, an initiative by the Linux’s Foundation to streamline open source compliance, announced today that Moxa Inc. has joined as a Platinum member. As a leading provider of industrial edge-to-cloud connectivity and computing solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, Moxa has demonstrated its continuous commitment to open source compliance to enable advanced industrial networking and communications applications for the IIoT world.

The OpenChain Project aims to build trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent across supplies chains. The OpenChain Specification defines inflection points in business workflows where a compliance process, policy, or training should exist to minimize the potential for errors and maximize the efficiency of bringing solutions to the market. The OpenChain Specification is being prepared for submission to ISO and evolve from a de facto standard into a formal standard.

“Moxa is thrilled to join the OpenChain Project to demonstrate our commitment in supporting open source compliance standard,” said Andy Cheng, President of Strategic Business Unit at Moxa. “Moxa has been a strong supporter of the Linux Foundation for some of its important projects such as Civil Infrastructure Project (CIP) for long-term support Linux distribution. We are now looking forward to working closely with the OpenChain community for industry standards of open source compliance.”

As a Platinum member, Moxa will be the first Taiwan-based company to join the OpenChain’s board, expanding the project’s reach across multiple industries. An array of industry-leading companies have already joined the Platinum membership program, including Arm Holdings, Bosch, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, Harman International, Hitachi, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Siemens, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Uber, and Western Digital.

“We have been working with Moxa for a considerable period of time as Moxa has actively participated in OpenChain community during its key growth phase over the last two years,” said Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Our announcement today underlines the commitment on all our parts to further deepening collaboration and understanding. When we have a great opportunity in 2020 to build incredible bridges across the Mandarin-speaking world to ensure great open source compliance, I believe Moxa is a critical, timely partner to help us accomplish this goal.”

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable, and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page:

About Moxa

Moxa is a leading provider of edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 65 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 80 countries. Moxa delivers lasting business value by empowering industry with reliable networks and sincere service for industrial communications infrastructures. Information about Moxa’s solutions is available at


Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

The Moxa logo is a registered trademark of Moxa Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

OpenChain Conformance: The Arm Case Study

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This case study unpacks how the open source team at Arm used the OpenChain industry standard to simplify and speed their compliance process.

It includes detailed information on the approach selected, the timescales used, and the outcomes reached. It will be useful for any company currently considering or undergoing OpenChain self-certification, compliance assessment or third-party certification.

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Draft OpenChain Specification 2.0 Available in Russian

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Thanks to the hard work of Denis Dorotenko at Yandex ( the OpenChain Specification 2.0 has a draft translation in Russian. This will be converted to an official translation once it completes peer review.

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Minutes of the OpenChain Reference Tooling Work Group Meeting – 12th February 2020

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1. News
Oliver gave an overview about “what happened since last meeting”:
On 6th of Feb there was the kick off meeting of the OpenChain German Work Group. More than 35 persons attended the meeting. Main results were:
             1. the work group agreed on working on a guideline and layout of an OSS disclosure document
             2. the work group will work on translations of the existing material, there is already work in progress. Please see
             3. the work group has a “rolling chair” model – i.e. the host of the particular meeting is automatically the chair of the work group

Oliver started working on a charter, contribution guideline, code of conduct and updated the README of our project. The current state of work can be analyzed, improved, commented etc. in the branch

Please follow the link, read the documents and please provide comments and improvements. The branch is called onboarding-new-persons

Sami suggested to add a “code example” what we expect in the context of reuse conformant contributions. Further he suggested to add a phrase like “other licenses of already existing code.
Sami volunteered to let our logo to be checked whether our logo is fine from a trademark point of view

2. Summary of the Unconference about OSS tooling in Brussels
Michael gave an overview about the unconference on OSS compliance tooling which took place on 31st of January in Brussels. Material and photos are available in our repo, please check

2.1. Code matching
One result of the code matching session was that there need to be a definition what is exactly to be understood by code matching. Some see code matching as the task “I have a binary package and need to find the corresponding source”. Others see it “I want to check source code whether it contains source code originating for 3rd parties.

2.2. sw360
This session centered around using and installing sw360.

2.3. Container Scanning
All attendees agreed that license compliance is a problem. The attendees agreed to start working on guidelines and best practices for container handling and container license compliance.

2.4. Big Picture
Please have a look at the slides.

2.5. Glue Code
Please have a look at the slides.

2.6. Requirements
Please have a look at the slides.

3. What approaches are existing for license compliant containers
We were not able to discuss the topic “3. What approaches are existing for license compliant containers” and decided to dedicate the next meeting entirely to container compliance

4. Next Meeting
26th of Feb 2020
Agenda: What approaches are existing for license compliant containers

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OpenChain Korea Work Group Meeting # 5 – Kakao Seoul on the 19th of March

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The 5th meeting of the OpenChain Korean Work Group will be hosted by Kakao in Seoul. A big thank you to Violet from Kakao and all our work group members.

  1. Organizer : Kakao (Contact : Violet – )
  2. Venue: Kakao Pangyo Office (7F, N-dong, 235 Pangyo Station-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do)
  3. Date: March 19, 2020


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OpenChain Japan Work Group Meeting # 13 – Cancelled

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The 13th meeting of the OpenChain Japan Work Group was scheduled to be held at DeNA in Shibuya on the 18th of February. However, due to the deteriorating situation in Japan with the COVID-19 virus we have taken the decision to cancel this event.

Please keep up-to-date with the latest developments regarding alternative video conferences and other meetings via our OpenChain Japan mailing list.

OpenChain and COVID-19 – Update

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The Linux Foundation is continuously monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation to ensure the safety of our event participants and staff. We will be following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the situation progresses.

Despite the cancellation of MWC Barcelona, many other significant conferences are still occurring and we have no plans to cancel events in general. Note that the WHO is currently advising against the application of any restrictions on international traffic. Based on the information currently available on the outbreak, the CDC is recommending standard safety practices that should be instituted during any flu season, and there are no US Dept of State Travel Advisories for countries other than China with relation to Novel Coronavirus.

For the safety of our event participants, we will institute numerous safety measures and guidelines to ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing including:

  • Keep up-to-date information on our event websites pertaining to the status of the event, and precautions for attendees onsite
  • Send email communications to registered event participants with any pertinent updates leading up to the event
  • Provide plentiful sanitation stations onsite at the event with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wipes, tissue and facemasks
  • Provide signage onsite encouraging attendees to practice Respiratory Hygiene, ie to cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth to avoid transferring germs from surfaces; discard a used tissue immediately into a closed trash can, and wash your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer and/or soap and water right away.
  • Provide signage to encourage attendees to maintain Social Distancing, ie to adopt a no-handshake policy at the event and stand a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) from other people, especially those that may be sneezing, coughing and/or exhibiting cold/flu symptoms.
  • We will regularly sanitize all surfaces through the event space and communicate with the venues to do the same
  • We will be sanitizing speaker microphones between each speaker’s use
  • Request that anyone sick or experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms stay home for their own safety and the safety of others, and consider substituting a co-worker to attend in their place.
  • We ask that any attendees onsite who might begin experience cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing), to please seek medical care right away. We will have local medical care contact information available for all attendees and can assist any attendee with transportation to a local clinic.

We also ask all registered attendees to self-certify that if they have traveled to China in the last month, they ensure that at least 14 days have passed from the time they arrived from China to the event and that they have shown no flu-like symptoms in that time. If they have, we ask that for their own safety and the safety of other attendees, they substitute another attendee in their place and refrain from attending the event.

We will continue to regularly check the latest official information leading up to the event and encourage our event participants to do the same. We understand that there is a lot of fear and uncertainty right now as we are in the early stages of the outbreak and a lot is still unknown, however, we want to ensure we’re making decisions based on factual recommendations rather than rumor or fear. 

Recommended Resources:

World Health Organization (WHO) Novel Coronavirus Daily Situation Reports:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary:

Real-Time Data Dashboard from Johns Hopkins University:

US Dept of State Travel Advisories: