As you may have heard, the German Government contracted several big IT-Players to develop an App to track citizens with potential Covid-19 infections. There were weeks of headline discussions all over the country and of course on the internet. We didn’t dare to join this discussion since it’s not our expertise, nevertheless, we at Endocode do like Open Source and the German Government shared the code on Github. How cool is that!
Endocode believes that Free and Open Source software benefits all of us. Open Source licenses provide the legal backbone for our intentions to share the created code so that everybody can use, study, modify and improve it. Copyleft licenses, in particular the GPL, model this relationship in a reciprocal manner by requiring all modified and extended versions of the code to be free as well. Some of our Quartermaster code is released under the GPL-3. We also believe that our users share this vision and comply with the terms of the license by default, and that deviations from this norm are probably honest mistakes. By entering into the GPL cooperation commitment, Endocode aims at giving a fair chance to correct violations before licenses are terminated.
With the end of the year, Endocode is announcing some changes to reshape the company’s leadership. Lisa will take over the role of CEO and Sebastian will take over as CTO. While this might come as a surprise to some, for most of us, this is a natural evolution of our company. What we mean with being a meritocratic and inclusive company is that those who are eager to participate, thrive and lead will get the chance to do so.
Today is the 14th of February. An important day for people worldwide. Why? Well obviously because it is “I love Free Software”-Day! The “I love Free Software Day” is where we give a shout out and thank you to all contributors in the community. What unites us as a community is that we share ideals like collaboration, constant improvements and equal opportunity to access, learn and contribute to Free Software. And all this would not be possible without everyone contributing their piece of the puzzle: The developers, the designers, the translators, the lawyers, the testers, the documentation writers and last but not least, the pizza bakers.
As of today, Endocode joins the community of OpenChain conformant organisations. Being Open Source license compliant is a hygiene factor that everybody who uses Open Source technologies needs to constantly maintain. It is one aspect of being a good citizen of the Open Source world. However, maintaining compliance throughout the supply chain of a complex product that may include incoming external contributions is not trivial. The OpenChain project aims at making Open Source license compliance simpler and more consistent.
The weekend of the 23rd - 25th of June was a weekend some of us spent at the office. Not because we are trying to avoid doing the dishes at home, but because we had guests. Endocode hosted the German LibreOffice community that gets together every year to exchange ideas, discuss new features and make plans for the future. LibreOffice, as part of the Document Foundation, is an independent, self-gorverning meritocratic entity, formed and kept alive by a large group of Free Software advocates who are happy to donate their time and skills to create the world’s leading free office suite.
It’s the season to be jolly… – wait, what? Oh. It’s GDG DevFest Season 2016. Yes. GDG DevFests are large, community-run events that offer speaker sessions across multiple product areas, all-day hack-a-thons, code labs, and more. In 2016, the official DevFest Season runs from September 01st through November 30th. These events are organized by the Google Developer Groups worlwide, and the Google Developer Groups of Berlin are organizing their fest on the 11th/12th of November.
November is a busy month. But if you get the chance, there are three days that you should definitely spend in Berlin and more importantly at two very specific events: ConfigManagement Camp and DevOpsDays! ConfigManagement Camp is a conference for everyone interested in Open Source configuration management. 2016 is the first year that ConfigManagement Camp leaves Gent for a one day single track event in Berlin. And if you’re here for ConfigManagement Camp on the 15th of November, you should definitely stay for DevOps Days on the 16th and 17th of November.
It’s DevOps Days! On top of that, it’s ConfigManagementCamp in Berlin. We would like to take this occasion to celebrate these two conference that aim at the same thing Endocode does – to bring together development and operations. To welcome the swell of great people that this sweeps into our city, we are happy to announce the next meetup on the 14th of November. Our topic will be “Changes in the world of DevOps”.
If your plans for the weekend aren’t set yet, how about you join us and the free software community for the first FSFE Summit at the bcc in Berlin? The FSFE Summit is a joint event together with QtCon of the Qt community, KDE Akademy and the VideoLAN community. The Free Software Foundation Europe is working with policy makers and public bodies in Europe to enhance the rights of Free Software users and developers and to abolish barriers to Free Software.