The Power of Open

The power of an open collaborative approach has time and time again proven to out perform a closed proprietary one (for both software or hardware). An African proverb, which captures the essences of open collaboration states that "if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” At Wind River we have come to embrace the open collaborative approach as a highly effective method of success. Success for Wind River, success for our customers and success for the industry at large. Here we present several open IP compliance initiatives we use and contribute to that add value to our product offerings.


The Software Package Data Exchange® (SPDX®) specification defines the Linux Foundation’s standard format for recording and exchanging licensing information of a software package. SPDX data represents the single best presentation of an open source package's licensing. Wind River uses the data in our software compliance review process and we deliver SPDX files for selected products. Read more


The OpenChain standard defines a core set of requirements a FOSS compliance program should satisfy to achieve: a level of trust that an organization provides the artifacts required to achieve FOSS license compliance for software it shares with others.The OpenChain specification defines a set of requirements that if met, would significantly increases the probability that an open source compliance program had achieved a sufficient level of quality, consistency and completeness; although a program that satisfies all the specification requirements does not guarantee full compliance. The requirements represent a base level (minimum) set of requirements a program must satisfy to be considered OpenChain Conforming. The specification focuses on the “what” and “why” qualities of a compliance program as opposed to the “how” and “when” considerations. This ensures a practical level of flexibility that enables different organizations to tailor their policies and processes to best fit their objectives. Read more