Open Source Business Alliance

The Open Source Business Alliance – Bundesverband für digitale Souveränität e.V. is a Germannon-profit that operates Europe’s biggest network of companies and organizations developing, building and using open source software.[1]

German organization promoting open source software
Open Source Business Alliance – Bundesverband für digitale Souveränität e.V.
Founded 2011
Focus Establish open source as the standard in public procurement and in research and business development. Support of digital sovereignty for citizens, companies and administration
Location
  • Stuttgart and Berlin (Germany)
Website www.osb-alliance.de

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The alliance was founded in July 2011 in Stuttgart. The two founding associations, Linux Solutions Group e.V. (Lisog) and the LIVE Linux-Verband e.V., officially merged their groups at their annual general meetings on the 20th and 21 July 2011.[2][3]

The merger aimed to create a unified lobby group for the German open-source movement.[4]

In 2014, a further attempted consolidation failed. The OSB Alliance and the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF) first announced their intention to merge the two associations to form a single large advocacy group on 18 November 2013. After almost a year of negotiations that only achieved an agreement, the merger collapsed on 15 October 2014.[5]

At their annual general meeting in Berlin in 2018, the association’s name change to “Open Source Business Alliance – Federal Association for Digital Sovereignty” was proposed and received broad support from the members present. From the perspective of the association, open source software and open standards are necessary and essential prerequisites for digital sovereignty. The OSB Alliance has established itself as one of the mouthpieces and has been promoting and promoting the topic of “digital sovereignty” for several years. As a nationwide representative of the open source industry and users, the OSB Alliance has now expanded its name in order to make this objective more aware.[6]

The alliance’s main aims are to:[7]

  • Promote Linux and open source-based solutions and their use in businesses and institutions, and to support the providers of open-source software and services
  • Help companies to develop an open source-based business strategy
  • Provide a communication platform to open source-focused IT providers and users, to encourage and promote improvements in open source
  • Develop continuous contact with politics and public administration bodies
  • Work to raise public awareness of open source

Central objectives of the alliance:[8]

  • The use of open standards with manufacturer-independent, fully published, unlimited specifications
  • The abolition of software patents, or alternatively, irrevocable free use of existing software patents
  • Inviolability of copyright
  • Action by public bodies to enable participation, i.e. open data, open innovation and open access
  • Open-minds economy through public forms of cooperation in politics and business
  • Net neutrality, i.e. equal treatment of all online data flows

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