License Helpdesk

COSS License Helpdesk is a flexible, fast and effective advisory service for COSS business members. The package includes:

  1. Assessment of the client’s problem
  2. Basic legal advice
  3. Recommendation for actions and financial assessment

The service doesn’t include the preparation of documents, contracts, etc.

The service is available in regular office hours by e-mail: It is offered free of charge for COSS business members

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About Summer Code

WTH is this?
COSS and a number of companies are hiring students to code in open source projects.
And it works exactly how?

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Summercode 2006

Summercoders for 2006 were chosen in a final contest held in Helsinki at 7th of March 2006. The five chosen students got a ”summer job” doing an open source project. The applications gave the students a chance not only to suggest the project of participation, but also the particular tasks. The criteria stressed on business viewpoints though subjects of applications weren’t chosen in advance.

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Summercode 2008

2008 Summercoders have finished their projects

COSS and a number of Finnish companies hired Finnish university students to code in open source projects during summer.

The coders and their projects were:

Antti Kaijanmäki – Mobile Broadband Configuration Assistant for NetworkManager
Juuso Alasuutari – Improving the LASH Audio Session Handler
Niklas Laxström – I18n with MediaWiki
Olli Savolainen – Moodle Quiz

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Summer Code

Summer Code Finland is an annual project, which aims to support Finnish participation in significant open source projects and to strengthen the open source competencies that companies need.

2009 Summercoders have been chosen!

Tanu Kaskinen: D-Bus Interface for PulseAudio
Akseli Mantila: Banshee shoutcast/streamtuner
Riku Salminen: XCB and OpenGL 3.0

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LTSP5 Workshop

A workshop on Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) version 5 will be organized at the Valamo monastery, Jan 8-9, 2009 Read more (in Finnish):

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Press release: Ubuntu Users Satisfied With Summercode Results

Antti Kaijanmäki participated in the COSS Summer Code project and worked on improvements that make mobile networking in Linux easier. The users have praised the new easy networking features first implemented in Ubuntu 8.10. Kaijanmäki’s part is the clickthrough installation of mobile networking. Applications for COSS Summer Code 2009 open in January.

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TKK and IT Mill cooperating

The Finnish RIA (Rich Internet Application) programming education takes a leap forward, as IT Mill offers its Mill Toolkit RIA development product for the Helsinki University of Technology. The tool is based on open source and it is used in RIA user interface programming education, where the students get the task to develop an open source RIA application.

More information:
CEO Joonas Lehtinen, IT Mill, 040 503 5001,
joonas.lehtinen (at),
Professor Sasu Tarkoma, TKK, 050 384 1517, sasu.tarkoma (at)

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TKK ja IT Mill yhteistyöhön

Suomalaisen RIA-ohjelmointiosaamisen tasoa kohotetaan

Suomalainen RIA(Rich Internet Application)-ohjelmointikoulutus ottaa askeleen eteenpäin, kun pohjoismaiden ainoan RIA-ohjelmointityövälineen valmistaja, suomalainen IT Mill, tarjoaa työvälineensä Teknillisen korkeakoulun käyttöön. Tänä syksynä järjestettävä Codecamp-intensiivikurssi käyttää avoimen lähdekoodin IT Mill Toolkit -tuotetta RIA-käyttöliittymäohjelmoinnin opettamiseen.

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Michael ’Monty’ Widenius investing in Finnish IT Mill

Following in the footsteps of billion-dollar company MySQL    

One of the founders of MySQL and a global guru of the open source code, Widenius is investing in Finnish IT Mill. MySQL was sold to Sun Microsystems last January for one billion dollars. IT Mill is intended to be a success story built on the open source code, following the formula of Finland’s Widenius.

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Widenius sijoittaa IT Milliin

Toinen MySQL:n perustajista ja maailmalla mainetta niittänyt open source -guru Michael ”Monty” Widenius sijoittaa suomalaiseen RIA-työkaluja kehittävään IT Milliin. Widenius kertoo luottavansa IT Millin tulevaisuuteen, yhtiön omaavien houkuttelevien tuotteiden ja selkeän näkemyksen vuoksi. Sijoituksensa myötä Widenius siirtyy myös yrityksen johtoryhmään. Widenius uskoo avoimen lähdekoodin pystyvän 30% osuuteen Suomen ohjelmistomarkkinoilla ja näkee Suomessa olevan 10-15 potentiaalista sijoituskohdetta.

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Press release: A large amount of public procurements may be illegal in the EU

A recent study by Open Forum Europe (OFE) has shown that 25% of all the procurements published in EU’s Tenders Electronic Daily service from 1.2. to 25.4.2008 may brake legistlation. These procurement documents (34 of them) contained mentions about software brand names, which is against the law.

Read the whole press release and report

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