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Enterprise Linux distributor SUSE earns OpenChain certification

OpenChain certification

Leading open source solutions provider SUSE has earned OpenChain certification and joined the OpenChain Community of Conformance.

OpenChain Project is an industry standard for managing open source compliance across the supply chain. It builds trust in open source by making its license compliance simpler and more consistent.

SUSE is an enterprise Linux distributor, having thousands of customers globally. The enterprises rely on SUSE for their mission critical computing and IT management needs. It is the first enterprise Linux distributor to earn conformance with the OpenChain Project Specification.

“For more than 25 years, SUSE has created and engaged with open source communities as a foundation for its enterprise solutions,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO.

“We always engage with the community to better meet customer needs, and our OpenChain certification is another indication to enterprises that we are committed to making their experience with open source software more reliable and cost effective.”

To gain Conformance with the OpenChain Specification, an organization needs to follow some key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. The organization also needs to build trust between organizations in the supply chain.

“The OpenChain Standard is suitable for every organization involved in the open source supply chain,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager.

“Welcoming SUSE to our community is a landmark milestone that illustrates how we positively impact the beginning of the supply chain. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with a great team toward goals that will ultimately benefit thousands of companies across the globe.”

By joining OpenChain Project, SUSE will reduce the complex processes for free industry resources so that they can focus on innovation. Other than SUSE, there are 17 more organizations with publicly announced conformant programs.

“Securing OpenChain compliance was a logical step for SUSE, as OpenChain provides an industry format that documents our existing R&D process that we have refined over many years,” said Ralf Flaxa, SUSE president of Engineering.

“With so much of our engineering efforts tied to openSUSE and many other open source communities, programs such as OpenChain will enable us to ensure we are using equivalent terminology and guidelines so more time is spent on innovation and less on process.”

Also read: Google gains Platinum membership of The Linux Foundation

OpenChain Project encourages more organizations to conform to the OpenChain Specification, offering it at no cost. The aim of conformance is to make open source license compliance simpler and more consistent, so that trust can be built in open source.

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