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Thursday, March 31 • 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Contribution Hygiene and the DCO - James Bottomley, IBM

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All projects which accept patches need to follow processes to ensure the provenance both of the patches and their contributions under the required project licences. The DCO (Developer Certificate of Origin) process originally evolved by the Linux Kernel Developers in the wake of the SCO lawsuit has emerged as the best tested and least impactful contribution process. This talk will explain the DCO and how it works and compare it with more traditional contributor agreements. In particular, the vital the importance of source tracking will be explained as well as giving an overview of the legal underpinnings of the DCO and how it can be used to protect against both copyright and patent claims against the project.

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James Bottomley

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research
James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where he works on Cloud and Container technology. He is also Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director on the Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He went to university at Cambridge for both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees after which he joined AT&T Bell labs to work on Distributed Lock Manager technology for... Read More →

Thursday March 31, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Alpine Ballroom A

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