The rationale to found the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) was born at the beginning of the 2000s when the use of Open Source software in industrial products was becoming more and more popular. The background are the challenges that this new kind of software brings along: the community-based development and a complete new type of licensing.
In contrast to proprietary software, Open Source software is delivered together with the source code. Anything else is in the hands of the users, that means that the users have to take care of the software quality, extensions and special software requirements of the industry have to be provided, and the software licensing has to be done in a compliant way. Last but not least, possible requirements with regard to safety certification have to be taken into account. Since the source code has to be disclosed anyway, it would economically not make sense to let every company take care of these extra tasks, but rather do this work in a community in the same way as the software itself is development. OSADL is such a community for the machine, machine tool and automation industry and, in principle for everyone who develops and distributes embedded systems. In short, industrial companies bundle forces in OSADL, thus ensuring that Open Source software and especially Linux will be available also in the future in the required quality and with the necessary legal compliance.
Important OSADL projects refer to real-time capability, quality assurance and certification of the Linux kernel. Furthermore, the OSADL service range includes general legal support with regard to copyright issues by OSADL's General Counsel, review of license compliance through standardized audits as well as access to legal FAQ data base and legal assessments. In addition, OSADL members benefit from seminars, workshops and special events as well as individual services such as consulting. Last but not least, OSADL helps its members to present their products to potential customers and to network with other companies, universities and Open Source developers.
You can find more detailed information to the special OSADL products in the “Product” section:
- Real-time capability of the Linux kernel and quality assurance in the OSADL QA Farm
- License Compliance Audit (LCA) and legal know-how database
- Documents for certification of the Linux kernel according to SIL2 (SIL2LinuxMP)
Companies from all over the world may become OSADL member and benefit from its services. OSADL is a registered cooperative, its more than 50 members belong to the following industries: machine builders, automation hardware, automation software, semiconductor manufacturers, Open Source service providers and user associations. Newly founded individual companies can join OSADL as an Associate Members, and almost 20 universities and institutions of higher education from all over the world support OSADL as Academic Members.
For more information please contact the OSADL website: http://www.osadl.org
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