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 all aspects of using Open Source software and particularly Linux in industrial products. The OSADL service range includes quality assurance of Open Source components and provision of industry-specific extensions. As far as license compliance is concerned, OSADL offers general legal support with regard to Open Source license issues by OSADL's General Counsel, review of license compliance through standardized audits, special scanning procedures and industry-specific business process consulting as well as access to the OSADL legal knowledge and FAQ database, checklists and legal assessments. Furthermore, OSADL members profit from seminars, special events and workshops. Last but not least, OSADL provides a platform for its members to present their products and to network with other members of the community.
You can find more detailed information to the special OSADL products in the “Product” section:
- Real-time capabilities of the Linux kernel
- Project: Real-time network (OPC UA over TSN)
- 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 now 72 regular members belong to the following industries: machine builders, automation hardware, automation software, semiconductor manufacturers, Open Source service providers and user associations. Apart from the regular membership, large corporations may also join OSADL as Associate Member Bronze/Silver/Gold. Newly founded individual companies may join OSADL as Associate Member Base Level, and more than 25 universities and high schools from all over the world contribute scientific and technical knowledge to OSADL as Academic Members
For more information please contact the OSADL website: http://www.osadl.org
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