New open source advocacy group's launch is shrouded in secrecy

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A new open source advocacy group, the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), is scheduled to debut February 15 at the upcoming LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York. But unlike most open source software launches and even open source association beginnings, OSA founders are unwilling to be quoted by name about their plans before their formal launch. Instead, they are only speaking to media representatives grudgingly, "on background," without attribution. The reason for this, says an OSA insider Linux.com interviewed by telephone on Friday, February 3, is that they "don't want to ruffle feathers of people we're still talking to about joining."

SourceForge.net, owned by Linux.com parent OSTG, may end up as an OSA media partner, but not even SourceForge.net representatives were able to shed any light on the group's operations, funding, and expectations.

Our anonymous interviewee says "at least 10" companies have signed up, and that they are "talking to dozens more." While he refused to name any participants, Linux.com has confirmed that SpikeSource and JasperSoft are both involved.

According to our informant, the group can't name participants because it is "still finalizing membership, and still recruiting....

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