Simon Phipps is President of the Open Source Initiative
(OSI) at least until March 31, 2013. He is one of 11 Directors
, with Legal Counsel Mark Radcliffe and OSI President Emeritus Eric Raymond serving as advisers. The main function of the OSI is to safeguard The Open Source Definition
and to make sure that all software licenses it approves
adhere to it. Over the years, license approvals have become contentious more than once. Lately, however, the OSI has avoided acceptance of new licenses that substantially duplicate existing ones, so a lot of the license approval furor has died down. Several recent improvements in the OSI include opening the organization to individual memberships
, and setting up the FLOSS Competence Center Network
, both of which will no doubt help the OSI carry out and expand its primary mission
: "Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software."