The Linux Foundation Announces Free Open Source Compliance Course for Developers
The Linux Foundation has announced the availability of Open Source Compliance Basics for Developers (LFC191), a free course designed to provide software developers with knowledge about legal and licensing issues for building and using open source software.
The new self-paced course makes licensing compliance know-how easy for a new generation of developers, and complements The Linux Foundation's comprehensive Professional Open Source Compliance and Management portfolio of services, which includes tools, training and business and technology consulting that helps both developers and companies simplify development and speed innovation.
Announcing the new course at The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Lake Tahoe, California, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, said; "The easier it is to understand, comply with and manage open source software and licensing, the more code that gets shared for everyone and the more innovation that takes place."
Zemlin continues; "By lowering the cost and complexity of compliance we hope we can increase the ability for everyone to share."
According to Zemlin, complying with open source licenses isn't difficult, but it does require training and is essential for anyone building or contributing to open source code bases today. "That includes almost anyone building any kind of technology. As open source has come to occupy an increasingly large footprint in all technology products and services, developers and professional open source managers need to acquire core competency in compliance and other areas of open source management."
LFC191 teaches developers about the central role of copyright in open source licensing, as well as important details on copyright law and patents as they apply to open source. The goal of the course is to help streamline the compliance process. Understanding how copyrights and licenses work and being able to clearly and accurately specify them is key to making sure that software is accepted into projects.
The course is offered under a CC BY-SA 4.0 (Creative Commons) license, allowing anyone to share the course material free of charge with the option to contribute feedback and suggest improvements to it, similar to any open source software project. It consists of five modules, each containing lessons and exercises intended to efficiently and effectively relay the required information. A final exam is required in order to pass the course.
Developers who are interested in taking Open Source Compliance Basics for Developers may register for the course at https://training.linuxfoundation.org/linux-courses/open-source-compliance-courses/compliance-basics-for-developers.
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