Adobe, AMD, Google, Nokia, and Novell are among the companies taking part in this initiative that involves some tools and training information to ensure companies meet their open-source license obligations. The Linux Foundation's elements of this program are training and education, tools, a self-assessment checklist, the SPDX standard and work-group, a compliance directory and rapid alert system, and the open-source community.
The dependency checker tool identifies code at the dynamic and static link level for ensuring code dependencies of a company's work is compliant with their intended license and there is a license policy framework for identifying combinations of licenses and linkage methods that are incompatible. Another one of these Open Compliance Program tools is the "Bill of Material Difference Checker" with the BOM program reporting changed source-code within open-source components, but development of this program won't begin until late 2010. The third and final tool at this point is "The Code Janitor" and it provides linguistic review capabilities to try to make sure there are no code comments within released source-code about future products, product code-names, mentions of competitors, or potentially other privileged information. The scanned information is based upon a database of keywords.
Other details on this new Linux Foundation initiative can be found in their press release or on the Open Compliance Program web-site.