Free Software in the industry: a view from the large scale


A large company employing thousands of software developers worldwide faces many challenges to consistently manage its processes for using and releasing software under Free Software licenses. Open source knowledge and expertise often varies dramatically across business verticals, as does understanding of how open source communities function. The underlying compliance requirements of Free Software licenses, however, are the same for every organization, regardless of size. What can companies do to ensure certain degrees of cohesion and competency are reflected across their diverse open source offerings?

This presentation will present some of my experiences with developing and refining corporate-wide practices that are designed to be transparent, repeatable, and scalable. The lessons learned can be applicable to any entity dealing with Free Software.