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Open software foundation

(OSF) A foundation created by nine computer vendors, (Apollo, DEC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Bull, Nixdorf, Philips, Siemens and Hitachi) to promote “Open Computing”. It is planned that common operating systems and interfaces, based on developments of Unix and the X Window System will be forthcoming for a wide range of different hardware architectures. OSF announced the release of the industry’s first open operating system – OSF/1 on 23 October 1990.


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  • Open source definition

    standard (OSD) Definition of distribution terms for open source software, promoted by the Open Source Initiative. (http://opensource.org/osd.html). (1999-11-28)

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    body (OSI) An organisation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. (http://opensource.org/). (1999-11-28)

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