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Daily Dose - Simon Phipps Elected to OSI Board of Directors

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Daily Dose - Simon Phipps Elected to OSI Board of Directors

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Just a few days after leaving Oracle, Simon Phipps, who served as the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun for nearly ten years, has been elected to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board of directors.  Phipps intends to help the organization become more active in promoting open source education and possibly in promoting organizational support for open source projects.  He will take his place on the board starting April 1st.

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