“You build it, you run it” is not a philosophy that can easily be taken to non web tech industries. This harsh reality is something we ran into while making our journey through the automotive industry. But if we cannot duplicate this philosophy outside of our web tech bubble, maybe it’s possible to create a mentality that at least supports the feeling of responsibility for every line of code that eventually finds its way into a product.
Today is the 14th of February. An important day for people worldwide. Why? Well obviously because it is “I love Free Software”-Day! The “I love Free Software Day” is where we give a shout out and thank you to all contributors in the community. What unites us as a community is that we share ideals like collaboration, constant improvements and equal opportunity to access, learn and contribute to Free Software. And all this would not be possible without everyone contributing their piece of the puzzle: The developers, the designers, the translators, the lawyers, the testers, the documentation writers and last but not least, the pizza bakers.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like Marty McFly somehow stole 2017 because it’s almost over and I’m sure it was only yesterday that we shared what Endocode achieved in 2016. Yet somehow, here we are and a lot has happened in 2017. We continued to shape our concept of life-long learning in tech in the Endoctus Academy, and started a new initiative to improve the overall state of FOSS compliance.
Auditing and documenting Open Source license compliance is a strict requirement for any software vendor or device manufacturer. Open Source licenses commonly require products to be accompanied with offers to provide the full corresponding source code, authors to be attributed, and other documentation. In addition to that, Open Source license compliance needs to be audited continuously, for each build, along the complete supply chain of the product. These challenges are various and well known in the IT industry.
Endocode usually supports companies that already work in a DevOps mode or are at least planning to do so. The automotive industry is different. Companies active in this sector have a long history in designing & building hardware as well as software - which is what they are really good in. Buzzwordy topics like DevOps, CI/CD and others are not something they really care about. But things tend to change.