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2023-11-12 12:00

Open Source License Obligations Checklists even better now

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Embedded Linux distributions

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Phase #3 of OSADL project on OPC UA PubSub over TSN successfully completed

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Open Source OPC UA PubSub over TSN project phase #3 launched

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OSADL Special Events

OSADL Special Events

COOL - Compact OSADL Online Lectures

Online event

What is COOL?

COOL - Compact OSADL Online Lectures: Open Source meets Industry

  • COOL is an OSADL webinar series.
  • COOL takes place regularly once a month and covers new and state-of-the-art topics on Open Source software in industry, either on legal or on technical aspects.
  • COOL editions each consist of two lectures covering a special "Open Source meets industry" topic followed by a discussion round. The first "basic" lecture provides basic knowledge with regard to the respective topic and the second "advanced" lecture dives deeper into the topic and highlights special aspects. The discussion round gives all participants the possibility to ask questions and discuss with the respective speakers and the audience.
  • COOL speakers are OSADL experts on the one hand and external specialists on the other hand who kindly agreed to share their expert knowledge on the respective topic.
  • COOL is a virtual event. The lectures are held by live video streams. Speakers will be available for questions and discussion in a video conference which will take part subsequent to the live video streams.
  • COOL in general is designed to provide support how to best and compliantly use Open Source software in industry.

COOL December 2020 edition

License Compliance and related company processes
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 2pm to 4pm CET

(This event has passed. Thank you to all attendees who joined COOL virtually)

Agenda COOL December 2020 edition:

2:00pm to  2:45pm CET: 

Basic lecture: Overview on the OSADL License Compliance Audit (LCA) and common pitfalls
Caren Kresse, OSADL

2:45pm to 3:30pm CET: 

Advanced lecture: Current status of OpenChain and how to benefit from it
Shane Coughlan, Linux Foundation - OpenChain Project

3:30pm to 4:00pm CET: 

Discussion and possibility to ask questions

Description COOL December 2020 edition:

Already shortly after OSADL was founded and started to provide assistance how to compliantly convey Open Source software, OSADL members not only asked for help but also wanted to show to customers and providers that they correctly handle Open Source software. This was the time when OSADL's License Compliance Audit (LCA) was born. Admittedly, this audit does not prove that an entire root file system is correctly licensed, but at least two of the most difficult components, i.e. the Linux kernel and the C library. After having executed 18 such audits, there is now a comprehensive collection of common pitfalls of Open Source licensing and how they have been corrected. Caren Kresse, one of the experts at OSADL who take care, among other, of legal compliance issues, will deliver the base lecture and cover the outcome from LCAs up to today. In many cases, fulfilling license requirements and thus passing the LCA was greatly facilitated if companies had established suitable processes across all departments of a company. To establish such processes in a more uniform way is the goal of Linux Foundation's OpenChain Project that is about to receive ISO status. Shane Coughlan, the lead of this project, fortunately agreed to give an overview about the history and the current status of the OpenChain project.

Recommended audience COOL December 2020 edition:

Open Source officers, software developers and system integrators, internal and external legal advisors, purchase department employees who deal with Open Source software, employees of QA departments, etc.

About the speakers of the COOL December 2020 edition:

- Caren Kresse: Caren Kresse holds a Master degree in Physics. Already during her studies she used and appreciated the large amount of Open Source software and she became acquainted with all aspects of Open Source communities. In particular, she specialized on legal aspects of conveying Open Source software and has been working on various aspects of Open Source license compliance with OSADL since 2018. Among others, she leads the OSADL Open Source Policy project and is deeply involved in the OSADL License Obligations Checklists project.

- Shane Coughlan: Shane has been involved in Open Source in one way or another since 1998. He started out by working on the GEM desktop GUI for the FreeDOS operating system, clearly aiming at the technology of the future. He entered the field of security and compliance due to his research around net-centric in the period 2003~2004 and began to focus on licensing issues in detail from 2006 when he joined the Free Software Foundation Europe and established its legal department. Over the subsequent 10 years he continued to work on compliance issues or patent issues (as Regional Director Asia and then Global Director of Licensing at OIN for 6 years). Today, Shane leads the OpenChain project at the Linux Foundation.

Upcoming COOL webinars

Upcoming COOL webinars in 2024:

  • May to August 2024: COOL summer break
  • COOL will be continued in September 2024 (more information will be available here soon)

Past COOL webinars

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Please click on the respective COOL edition in order to display the full agenda and more details about the lectures and the respective guest speakers.

Download of COOL overview September - December 2023 as PDF file (v4)
Download of COOL overview January to May 2023 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview September to December 2022 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview January to May 2022 (new - v7) as PDF file
Download of COOL overview September - December 2021 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview January - May 2021 as PDF file

COOL conference language

The COOL sessions will be in English language.

COOL registration

Please use the online registration form to register for a particular COOL edition: Online registration form.
The access data will be sent to the registered participants shortly before the event.

COOL participation fee

Participation in COOL is free of charge.

COOL feedback

We would appreciate if participants of COOL completed and submitted the following feedback questionnaire in order to better meet their requirements and consider their suggestions in future events: Feedback sheet. Thanks in advance.

Privacy policy

When you register for participation in the event you agree that the personal data you enter in the registration form will be processed at OSADL as necessary (see our privacy policy).

You may revoke this agreement at any time by email, mail or phone using the communication data provided at the imprint page, but this will also cancel your registration.

COOL presentations

The presentations and video clips of COOL will be made available after the event. Material of basic lectures will be publicly available, material of advanced lectures will be available exclusively for OSADL members or participants with login.

COOL Presentations and video clips (Member or participant login required to display material of advanced lectures)


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