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Summary: As OpenLogic goes head-to-head with Black Duck, the troubling question again arises, "do they make Free software look scary?"

SEVERAL days ago we wrote about OpenLogic's latest new service, which can be seen as either good or bad (depending on whose point of view). The man in charge, Steve Grandchamp, is from Microsoft and we wrote about the relationship between OpenLogic and Microsoft under:





According to this new announcement, Grandchamp's company will compete against another company created by a former Microsoft employee; that latter company would be Black Duck, which does not always inspire much confidence in Free software (to say the least). They are both tracking and assessing risk.

OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software solutions encompassing hundreds of open source packages, today announced a new Source Code Scanning and License Compliance module for OLEX Enterprise Edition. The new module allows companies to identify any open source code used in their applications and ensure they are in compliance with the associated open source licenses. It includes OSS Deep Discovery – a tool that scans a company's source code to identify open source code, components and licenses. OSS Deep Discovery will be free to customers that purchase the License Compliance module.


What we found in the case of Black Duck is that they also use their software to give a false impression of Microsoft gains. Let us hope OpenLogic never does that.

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