LF Europe Newsletter - July 2023
Linux Foundation Europe | 27 July 2023
Welcome to the July 2023 LF Europe Newsletter!
We share exciting news about FINOS’ new open standards project for the fintech industry in this issue and highlights from the Embedded Open Source Summit in Prague and the Embedded IoT Linux and OSS Day at Bosch, where the LF Europe team made a strong presence, featuring a captivating keynote by Mirko Boehm on the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA). Learn about the Estonian Tech Agency's collaboration with the Open Voice Network for Voice Interoperability, LF Europe Policy and Growth Committees, Open Source Program Office 2.0 definition and other noteworthy updates.
Table of Contents
- Training & Certification Discounts 🧑🎓📚
- News & Announcements
- LF Europe in the Media
- Calls To Action 📯📯
- Upcoming Events
- New Publications from the LF Research Team
- Say “Hi!” to the LF Europe Team 👋
Training & Certification Discounts 🧑🎓📚
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News & Announcements📰
FINOS Announces Formation of Open Standard Project to Address Compliance and Cloud Risks
The Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), in collaboration with Citi and supported by over 20 FINOS member firms globally, has announced the formation of an open standard project.
The project aims to establish consistent controls for complaint public cloud deployments in the financial services sector and invites participation from financial institutions globally to ensure broad representation in the model.
As cloud adoption accelerates in a highly fragmented global regulatory landscape, this collaborative effort seeks to create a unified set of cybersecurity, resiliency, and compliance controls for common services across the major cloud service providers (CSPs). It also addresses the issue of cloud concentration risks, highlighted in recent reports by various regulatory bodies.
Read more in the press release here.
Highlights from Embedded Open Source Summit, Prague 🇨🇿
Image: Prague, Czech Republic (LF Events)
The Embedded Open Source Summit (EOSS) 2023 in Prague was a resounding success, attracting experts and enthusiasts from the embedded systems community. Keynotes covered Automotive Grade Linux’s approach to automotive fragmentation, Zephyr's evolution and applications such as OpenCollar for wildlife conservation, open source tools by Antmicro, Google's use of Zephyr in Chromebooks, and open source in the space industry. The event inspired collaboration and innovation in the embedded Linux domain. The concurrent Zephyr Developer Summit (ZDS) and Safety-Critical Software Summit further enriched the experience. ZDS focused on Zephyr's evolution, applications, and engagement with maintainers. The Safety-Critical Software Summit mainly explored Linux in safety-critical applications, including aerospace and real-time. Explore EOSS videos and photos.
Embedded IoT Linux and OSS day at Bosch, Stuttgart, Germany 🇩🇪
Image: Mirko Boehm presents at Bosch OSS Day on the open source implications of the EU Cyber Resilience Act
LF Europe participated in the first BOSCH internal conference on Embedded IoT Linux and OSS hosted by TOP97. The event brought together Bosch employees from various sectors to showcase the potential of open-source solutions.The LF Europe team played an integral role at the event, featuring a prominent booth that attracted numerous Bosch employees. Our captivating keynote speech delivered by Mirko provided valuable insights into the Cyber Resilience Act, leaving a lasting impression on the attendees.
We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this event, contributing to the advancement of community-based collaboration and innovation within the Bosch ecosystem.
Stay tuned for more updates on our active involvement in future events like this and initiatives that promote open-source technology and community growth!
Watch the recording here.
Estonian Tech Agency and Open Voice Network Team to Demonstrate Voice Interoperability
The Estonia Information Systems Authority (RIA) and the Open Voice Network (OVON) of the Linux Foundation have joined forces to pioneer a groundbreaking demonstration of voice interoperability in the voice industry. This collaboration aims to test and showcase new voice interoperability specifications developed by the Open Voice Network, allowing users of the Estonia RIA's citizen assistant, Bürokratt, to seamlessly interact with third-party voice assistants and independent digital services. Read more.
Read about our new leaders at LF Europe and FINOS
Image: Mirko Boehm, LF Europe Sr. Director of Community Development and Rimma Perelmuter, LF Europe VP of Strategic Growth
- In a recent interview, Mirko Boehm shared his insights into his role as the Senior Director of Community Development for Linux Foundation Europe. He discusses his involvement with KDE and the evolution of open source from fringe to a driver of innovation.
- Rimma Perelmuter's appointment as VP of Strategic Growth expands our European presence and maximizes our influence through her experience in digital trade body leadership and ecosystem development.
Blueprint for a Government Cyber Security Open Source Program
The policy brief emphasizes the significance of open source software (OSS) in driving global digitization and its vital role in national security concerns. It urges governments to take responsibility for supporting and securing the OSS ecosystem by collaborating with stakeholders and adhering to principles of respect, cooperation, and sincerity. The brief outlines key guidelines for government action, such as serving as internal coordinators, role models, supporters, and regulators within the OSS community. To effectively implement these guidelines, the establishment of a Cybersecurity Open Source Program Office (OSPO) is proposed, which can facilitate policy interventions and resource allocation to improve OSS security. Ultimately, the blueprint seeks to encourage governments to prioritize and allocate resources in a structured and sustainable manner for a more secure and thriving OSS ecosystem. Read more
Open Source Program Office 2.0 Definition
The TODO Group and wider open source community has launched the second release of the OSPO Definition. This new version updates the traditional OSPO definition to be more inclusive and reflect the reality of OSPOs expanding outside purely the corporate sector and into the public sector. Read all about it here.
LF Europe Policy & Growth Committees:
In advance of our September gathering, we’d like to invite your company to attend an informal info session on August 3rd from 3 PM - 3.45 CET in which we outline the goals/criteria for our pilot LF Europe Policy & Growth committees in order for you consider nominating representatives/volunteers from your company to one or both of these committees.
As background, LF Europe Policy Committee will bring together our members’ policy teams and strategic stakeholders to develop positions/responses that LF Europe will amplify in order to have coordinated positions across the organisation.
The LF Europe Growth Committee will help to identify project formation and EU grants which address common business challenges through open collaboration and identify the most effective ways for growing our European footprint and impact.
Ideally, we would like to engage your policy and business leads with access to senior leaders across the Open Source community in Europe.
The agenda will include an overview on each committee, discuss goals/volunteer background and desired outcomes for both committees.
Please fill out our August 3rd Open Session form to join the session or express your interest in learning more/consider getting engaged if you are unable to join to receive a summary of the session.
FINOS rocks London Open House & Member Meeting 2023
FINOS marked a resounding success with the London Open House and Member Meeting held on June 28, 2023, hosted at the prestigious JP Morgan building along the picturesque London Embankment. The event showcased the remarkable influence of open source technology in the financial services sector, emphasizing the dynamic nature and profound impact of the growing FINOS community. A remarkable gathering of over 400 attendees engaged in learning about the latest FINOS announcements, fostering discussions on novel projects and partnerships, igniting excitement for future possibilities.
LF Europe in the Media 📸
Podcast: Linux Foundation Europe and the Geopolitics of Open Source
In a captivating conversation with Neil C Hughes, Tech Talks Daily, Gabriele Columbro, General Manager of Linux Foundation Europe (LF Europe) and Executive Director of Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), delves into the significance of regional foundations like LF Europe in the ever-changing global landscape of open source. Highlighting the rapid growth of LF Europe, with over 100 members in just 8 months, Gabriele emphasizes the instrumental role of the public sector in Open Source Software (OSS) sustainability and its potential to elevate the open source community.
The discussion further explores the implications of the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) and navigates the complexities of open-source policy, stressing the urgent need for liability clarity for open-source contributors and commercial entities. The recent launch of the Linux Foundation Europe Advisory Board (LFEAB) takes center stage, aiming to define priorities, foster collaborations, and expand the open-source community across Europe.
Podcast: Linux Foundation Europe: perché, come e per chi? Con Gabriele Columbro!
This is dedicated for our Italian readers 🇮🇹
In questa puntata di Continuous Delivery, parliamo della Linux Foundation Europe, la nuova organizzazione che si occupa di promuovere e sostenere l’open source nel continente europeo. Scopriremo perché è nata, quali sono i suoi obiettivi e le sue sfide, chi ne fa parte e quali sono le opportunità per i contributor e le aziende. Inoltre, analizzeremo due report recenti sullo stato dell’open source e del talento tecnologico in Europa, e parleremo del controverso CRA europeo.
Calls To Action 📯📯
2023 State of Open Source in Financial Services Survey
Calling all in financial services! Now in its 3rd year, this study returns by popular demand. FINOS and Linux Foundation Research have joined forces once again to examine open source adoption, contribution, and readiness in the financial services sector. This survey intends to delve into the role of open source within financial organizations, provide year-over-year insights, and ultimately support the open source in the financial services community to better address challenges.
OpenSSF Software Security Awareness Survey
Participate in the OpenSSF Software Security Awareness Survey to share your views on initiatives like Sigstore, Alpha-Omega, Best Practices Badge, Scorecard, and SLSA.
DPDK Summit, Dublin, Ireland +Virtual: Sep 12-13, 2023 🇮🇪
The DPDK Summit is a community event designed for software developers who contribute to or use DPDK. The agenda for the DPDK Summit will cover the latest developments and the roadmap suggestions for future releases. This is a unique opportunity to meet the community to discuss the challenges and innovations of the ecosystem.
OpenSSF Day, Bilbao, Spain: Sep 18, 2023 🇪🇸
OpenSSF Day Europe brings together the open source community to discuss the challenges, big-picture solutions, ongoing work and successes in securing the open source software (OSS) supply chain. The full-day program will feature keynotes from Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) contributors and thought leaders. Sessions include presentations, panels, and fireside chats on subjects such as security best practices, vulnerability discovery, securing critical projects, and the future of OSS security.
The Linux Foundation Europe Member Summit, Bilbao, Spain: Sep 18, 2023 🇪🇸
The Linux Foundation Europe Member Summit is an annual gathering for Linux Foundation Europe members, along with invited speakers, sponsors, and media.
This event cultivates collaboration, open innovation, and partnerships among those in the private and public sectors working to drive digital transformation through open collaboration. It is a must-attend for business and technical leaders looking to advance a Europe-wide open source strategy and mobilise resources in their organisations to collaboratively influence the largest shared technology investment of our time.
Open Source Summit Europe, Bilbao, Spain: Sep 19 -21, 2023 🇪🇸
Open Source Summit is the premier event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. It is the gathering place for open-source code and community contributors.
OSPOlogyLive Germany, Frankfurt: Oct 10-11 🇩🇪
OSPOlogyLive Germany brings together different stakeholder groups engaging in open source, including industry leaders, open source project maintainers, and policymakers, for a day of insightful expert-led panel discussions, presentations, and roundtable/workshop sessions. Together, we'll gain insights into the latest trends and challenges related to open source for organizations in Germany and broader European countries. Topics include:
- Open Source Security and Risk Mitigation
- InnerSource and Culture
- Project Health and Community Sustainability
- General Open Source for organizations
- Outbound Open Source and Strategy
Join this focused & space-limited event. More information on the event and agenda can be found on the website.
LFN Developer & Testing Forum, Budapest, Hungary: Nov 13-16, 2023 🇭🇺
The LFN Developer & Testing Forum will gather the LFN project technical committees to progress our releases; discuss project architecture, direction, and integration points; and further innovate through the open source networking stack.
New Publications from the LF Research Team
Open Source Maintainers: Exploring the people, practices, and constraints facing the world’s most critical open source software projects explores the pivotal role of individuals maintaining our tech infrastructure. Drawing from in-depth interviews with influential maintainers, the study reveals key insights into their experiences, strategies, and challenges, highlighting 41 best practices, including promoting inclusive language, transparency, systematic documentation, consistent funding, and diversity through mentorship.
2023 State of Open Standards
The 2023 State of Open Standards delves into standardization practices within information and computing technology. It seeks to understand the organizational motivations for decisions to create and use standards, specifically exploring open versus closed standards. Based on a community survey, the findings indicate a preference for open standards, acknowledging their considerable value, and also identify some significant challenges to consider when implementing these standards.
Say “Hi!” to the LF Europe Team 👋
We are excited to invite you to join the newly launched Discord server of the Linux Foundation Europe for open source initiatives. Our goal is to create a platform where open source enthusiasts and experts can come together to discuss, collaborate and work towards advancing the open source movement. Please check this link to join: https://discord.gg/MeVmHxaa
If you have ideas for new projects, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be glad to explore how we can support your efforts.
On behalf of the LF Europe team, we look forward to hearing from you!