Open Source Initiative (OSI) Announces New Interim President : Press Releases

Open Source Initiative (OSI) Announces New Interim President, OSI To Elect Additional Board Members, Address Contemporary Licensing Issues

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2005

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a non-profit
corporation responsible for the management and promotion of the Open Source
Definition (OSD), today announced the appointment of Michael Tiemann as
interim president, taking over the position from Russell Nelson. After
adding additional members, OSI’s newly expanded board will select a
full-term president and focus its immediate efforts on working with the
community to evaluate the OSD licensing process.

Licensing is perhaps the most important issue facing Open Source
today. As steward of the Open Source Definition, OSI takes very seriously
its responsibility to ensure that licenses remain true to the fundamental
principles of Open Source, said Tiemann. We are evolving to address new
issues as Open Source experiences exponential growth, including
internationalization, open standards and software best practices. Our
expanded board will work to address current licensing concerns and evaluate
how to best apply the OSD to encompass these contemporary issues.

Tiemann comes to the position of president with a strong technical
background and experience with Open Source, having co-founded Cygnus
Solutions, a provider of support for free and open source software. After
Cygnus Solutions was acquired by Red Hat in 2000, Tiemann became Red Hats
Chief Technical Officer. Last year, Tiemann became Red Hats first vice
president of Open Source Affairs, a position he maintains today. His
hacker credentials include having authored the original GNU C++ compiler,
along with numerous ports of other GNU software to a variety of
microprocessors and operating environments.

Nelson acted as OSI president after having served many years as an
OSI vice president; and he will continue to serve on the board. He will
also remain a member of the licensing committee, continuing to contribute
to one of OSI’s most important duties.

“OSI’s mission is very important to me”, Nelson said. “My hope is
that the community can continue its focus on working together to advance
the integration of open source software into the wider society. I look
forward to continuing to assist OSI as a board member.”


About OSI

The Open Source Initiative is a 501(c)3 California public benefit
corporation. It was founded in 1998 to recognize and promote the burgeoning
Open Source model of software development. Its programs consist of an
informal speaker’s bureau, a widely-accepted definition of what constitutes
Open Source Software, a certification program for upholding the quality of
licensing of Open Source software, and a website educating visitors of the
benefits of Open Source. The Open Source Initiative may be contacted
through its website at