An open compliance programme has been launched by the Linux Foundation to help people using open source software comply with licensing.
The compliance programme offers a Dependency Checker for identifying code combinations that are licenced as open source. The Linux Foundation has also provided a Bill of Material (BoM) Difference Checker and a Code Janitor.
The Difference Checker is designed to help companies identify changed source code components, while the Code Janitor provides linguistic review, which the Linux Foundation says can identify comments left in source code that may reveal future products, product code names, mentions of competitors etc.
Adrian Bridgewater, writing on ComputerWeekly.com's Open Source Inisder blog, said, "Especially rife in the mobile segment, companies with improper code usage now have the Linux Foundation's vendor-neutral control programme overseeing them. These same companies are now under increased scrutiny from the Software Freedom Law Center, a body which exists to protect and advance Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)."