Open Invention Network Announces Continued Expansion of its Open Source Patent Non …

exFAT, Hyperledger, Hadoop, Android AOSP 10 and Robot OS are among the new software packages now included under the protective umbrella of the Linux System definition.

Durham, NC (October 13, 2020)Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that it has further reduced patent risk associated with core Linux and adjacent open source code through the measured expansion of the scope of its Linux System Definition. To keep pace with innovation and safeguard broad-based adoption of open source code, Open Invention Network periodically revises its Linux System coverage to include core code drawn from the growing number of important open source projects.

In the current Linux System definition update, OIN’s ever-expanding licensee community will benefit from patent risk mitigation associated with the use of core software packages drawn from Hyperledger, Apache Avro, Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Robot Operating System (ROS), KDE Frameworks, Android AOSP 10, Eclipse Paho and Mosquito, among others. Of particular note, OIN is incorporating the Linux implementations of exFAT into the scope of patent non-aggression by virtue of this update. In total, the expansion includes 520 new software components, bringing the total number of Linux System-protected packages to 3,393.

“Linux and open-source software proliferation accelerates the pace of innovation across industries as software becomes an increasingly important source of differentiation,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “This Linux System expansion enables OIN to keep pace with open source innovation, promoting patent non-aggression in the core. As open source grows, we will continue the measured expansion of the Linux System and, at the same time, recruit more companies into the OIN community to further mitigate patent risk associated with the use of core open-source code.”

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software (OSS). Patent non-aggression in core technologies is a cultural norm within OSS, so that the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN membership. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 2,750 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.


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Open Mainframe Project Announces the Full Schedule for the Inaugural Open Mainframe Summit …

SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, today announces the complete schedule of the inaugural Open Mainframe Summit. The virtual event takes place September 16-17 and will feature Ross Mauri, General Manager of IBM Z and LinuxONE at IBM; Greg Lotko, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainframe Division at Broadcom; Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger; and The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, and John Mertic, Director of Program Management.

Open Mainframe Summit will focus on all open source projects and technologies impacting the mainframe. The event enables a collaborative environment that offers seasoned professionals, developers, students and leaders a forum to share best practices, discuss hot topics, and network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about the mainframe industry.

Conference Sessions Include:

  • COBOL and the Modern Mainframe Movement – Jessielaine Punongbayan, Senior Software Engineer and Richelle Anne Craw, Senior Software Engineer, Broadcom
  • Beyond the Mainframe Security Features, it is Time to Learn about Open Source Software Security – Javier Perez, Open Source Program Office Manager, IBM
  • How Two Millennials Built a Mainframe Security Model on Top of Zowe in Six Weeks (and yes it works on all ESMs) – Kyle Beausolei, Software Engineer and Jordan Filteau, Software Engineer, Rocket Software
  • Cloud Foundry Orchestrated by Kubernetes on Linux on IBM Z – Vlad Iovanov, Software Engineer, SUSE and Dan Pavel Sinkovicz, Student Mentee
  • How Zowe and Open Source Made me Talk to the Mainframe (literally) – Youngkook Kim, Z/LinuxONE Solutions Architect, Vicom Infinity
  • Zowe Conformance: High-reliability Extensions for Mainframe Tools, Guaranteed – Rose Sakach, Global Product Manager, Broadcom
  • Open Source infrastructure-as-a-Service Automation for IBM z/VM – Mike Friesenegger, Solutions Architect, SUSE and Ji Chen, IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center Architect, IBM
  • A 360 Degree View on LinuxONE Security & Compliance – Pradeep Parameshwaran, Technical Security Lead, LinuxONE & Linux on IBM Z, IBM

See the full conference schedule here. Conference Registration for the online event is $50 for general attendance and $15 for academia.

Open Mainframe Summit is made possible thanks to Platinum Sponsor Broadcom and Gold Sponsors SUSE and Vicom Infinity. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Maemalynn at

About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at

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 commercial 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

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Linux Foundation Public Health: A New Initiative Launched To Fight COVID-19

While the world is still going through the century’s worst pandemic COVID-19, we’re also experiencing an upsurge in the usage and role of open technology.

We’ve witnessed several collaborations between tech communities and health experts in the fight against coronavirus. Following the same, Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) is the newest initiative by the Linux Foundation to help public health authorities (PHAs).

Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH)

The Linux Foundation is a very well-known non-profit organization that helps to grow and build the open-source community by supporting software projects such as Linux, Node.js, Hyperledger, and Kubernetes.

Now, to fight against COVID-19 and future epidemics, Linux Foundation has launched a new LFPH initiative to bring together open-source developers and public health authorities (PHAs) in one place.

Initially, LFPH will focus on exposure notification applications to help PHA in testing, tracing, and isolation activities. Under the hood, apps will use exposure notification APIs developed by Google and Apple.

COVID Green And COVID Shield

Subsequently, LFPH project currently includes two exposure notification project — COVID Shield and COVID Green.

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The Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative Projects

COVID Shield is developed by a volunteer team of more than 40 developers from Shopify, along with members of Ontario and Canadian Digital Services. It is in the process of being deployed to Canada and multiple U.S. states.


COVID Green is developed by a team at NearForm on behalf of the Irish Government. It has already been deployed by Ireland’s Health Services Executive and achieved extraordinarily high adoption of over 1/3rd of the country’s adults.

Both apps are open-source and hence available for other PHAs as well to use and customize as they want. Additionally, other tech communities can also join LFPH to support PHA financially or technically.

As of now, LFPH has seven Premier members that include Cisco,, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMware. If you want to keep track of all applications, projects, and members under LFPH, visit landscape.


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IBM, R3, Mastercard join open source digital identity consortium

Today the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation with the aim of creating digital standards to enable parties to share data with trust. It’s about ensuring interoperability between different solutions for trusted data and digital identity.

The 17 founding steering committee members include Accenture, Evernym, IBM and Mastercard with contributing members such as DIDx and R3.

Motivations for forming the initiative were cited as the business challenge of managing digital assets and data as well as low consumer confidence with personal data. The combination, the group believes, is hampering the adoption of digital identity.

“The ToIP Foundation has the promise to provide the digital trust layer that was missing in the original design of the Internet and to trigger a new era of human possibility,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “The combination of open standards and protocols, pan-industry collaboration and our neutral governance structure will support this new category of digital identity and verifiable data exchange.”

“In today’s digital economy, businesses and consumers need a way to be certain that data being exchanged has been sent by the rightful owner and that it will be accepted as truth by the intended recipient,” said Dan Gisolfi, CTO, Decentralized Identity, IBM Security. “Many privacy focused innovations are now being developed to solve this challenge, but there is no ‘recipe book’ for the exchange of trusted data across multiple vendor solutions.”

The ToIP Foundation says it plans to use models that leverage interoperable digital wallets and credentials that use the W3C Verifiable Credentials standard.

Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation

There’s quite a big overlap between the membership of this group and Hyperledger, which is part of the Linux Foundation. For example, its Hyperledger Indy project, which underpins the Sovrin identity network was contributed by Evernym. Drummond Reed Evernym’s Chief Trust Officer commented: “We are thrilled to help stand up the ToIP Foundation at the Linux Foundation and hope that it attracts every company and contributor who wants to build a strong and lasting trust layer for the Internet.”

The rationale for ToIP being separate to Hyperledger is two-fold.

Firstly, Hyperledger is primarily about business blockchain, whereas digital identity and privacy protocols is a broad topic and can be decentralized without using blockchain, although blockchain is often used for public key infrastructure.

And secondly, in a previous discussion with Hyperledger Director Brian Behlendorf in a different context he explained that “it’s really, really good to have a standards body in a domain separate from the leading open source project in a domain or from the open source projects in a domain.”

Hyperledger is not a standards body, it’s about open source projects.

However, in today’s announcement, ToIP appears to intend to be both a standards setter and home to open source projects. It has two standards working groups, the Technical Stack Working Group and the Governance Stack Working Group. And also two development groups, the Utility Foundry Working Group and the Ecosystem Foundry Working Group for “projects that wish to collaborate on the development of ToIP utility networks or entire ToIP digital trust ecosystems.”

“The Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation is bringing together a powerful mix of experts and doing it at the exact right time given the urgent need to encourage greater adoption and increase trust in data privacy and ownership,” said Christine Leong, managing director, global lead for Decentralized Identity & Biometrics at Accenture.