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The Open Governance Index

eclipse w MeeGo OPEN GOVERNANCE INDEX SYMBIAN Measuring the true openness of open source projects, from Android to WebKit This infographic presents major findings from our Open Governance Index report, available at visionmobile.com/0GI LICENSES VS. GOVERNANCE Android Android is the most 'closed' open source platform, scoring just 23% on our Open Governance Index scale License Type dual license (commercial + copyleft) Qt 58% Linux strong copyleft (GPL) 71% Eclipse 84% Mozilla 65% Symbian 58% weak copyleft (LGPL, MPL, EPL, etc.) WebKit 68% Meego 61% Android permissive (APL,BSD, MIT, etc.) 23% Open Community Managed Community Autocratic community 100% 80% 60% Ч0% 20% 0% Open Governance Index WHAT ARE THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF GOVERNANCE? Access Development Derivatives Community PLATFORM RATINGS How do the platforms stack up in terms of the four governance criteria? clipse MeeGo Qt SYMBIAN Android Eclipse Linux MeeGo Mozilla Ot Symbian Webkit Access Development Derivatives Community *0-19%= 20-39%= 40-59%= 60-79%= 80-100%= WHAT IS GOVERNANCE MADE OF? Access / Governance criteria - Is source code freely available to all developers, at the same time? - Is source code available under a permissive OSI approved license? - Are mailing lists, forums, bug tracking databases, docs and tools available to all developers? - Is the project roadmap publicly available? - Are meeting minutes publicly available that can help reveal the decisions made in the project? |Android is the only mainstream mobile open source project that does not freely provide source code access to all developers at the same time. Android development happens behind closed doors with only two OEMS and software/hardware partners selected by Google. Only at the end of the 6-9 month development cycle is the source code cleaned up and released to the public. Development / Governance criteria {=} = - is it easy to identify from whom source code contributions are provided? - is it easy to track the progress and acceptance of contributions? - Can any developer potentially become a committer? - is the process to become a committer documented? - Isit easy to identify who are the committers to the project? - Does the contribution license require a copyright assignment, copyright license and/or patent license? Contrary to Eclipse, Android and Mozilla, Qt and WebKit don't allow you to readily identify who contributes to the source code. As such it's difficult to establish which companies are the main drivers or influencers of an open source project. Derivatives / Governance criteria - Are trademarks used to control how and where the platform is used via enforcing a compliance process prior to distribution? - Are go-to-market channels for application derivatives constrained by the project in terms of approval, distribution or discovery? Google makes the Android Market available only subject to a commercial agreement and subject to passing Google's own CDD and CTS compliance requirements for Android. On the contrary, Eclipse, Linux, Mozilla, Qt and WebKit allow you to freely distribute the code and use the project trademark without completing formal compliance requirements. Community - Is the formal community structure flat or tall: that is, are there tiered rights depending on membership status? Eclipse and Mozilla offer their community members tiered rights, depending on their status. CREATED BY: PART-FUNDED BY: This infographic presents major findings from our Open Governance Index report. vision mobile To download a free copy of the full report, visit: visionmobile.com/OGI webinos *Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License CC ---- sounas

The Open Governance Index

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The Open Governance Index, measures the relative openness of 8 major open source projects, from Android to WebKit, across four governance criteria: development, access, community and derivatives.

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