After another quarter of intense software development, we are proud to announce the availability of Quartermaster v0.2. Quartermaster is a toolchain that automates the analysis and documentation of Open Source license compliance. Software vendors - businesses as well as Open Source communities - deploy Quartermaster in their build pipelines to create compliance documentation while software package share being created. With the new version, Quartermaster learns to ingest SPDX formatted source code manifests, adds a client library for developing analyzer or reporter modules in the Python programming language, adds support for running multiple build processes on the same hardware concurrently, and much more. Quartermaster is Free and Open Source software and developed under a collaborative open governance model. Get the source code from Github while it is hot! Read more for all the details on the new release.
Quartermaster Milestone 1 Development Report: Voilà, a modular, extendable FOSS Compliance Toolchain
Version 0.1 is here. After a proof-of-concept, plenty of drafting, feedback and discussions, a prototype, and finally three months of development focused on creating a useful product, we are tagging a first version of Quartermaster. The theme of the first version was to implement the toolchain basics: the compliance knowledge graph, the master container, the elemental workflow with a construction, analysis and reporting phase, and the APIs for modules to interact with the knowledge graph in each of these phases. There are public showcases that demonstrate the functionality implemented so far. After gathering functional and legal requirements, the team will now move on to milestone 2, where we will focus on making use of the building blocks from the first version to implement badly needed functions of generating license compliance documentation - an SPDX manifest analyzer, integration with Fossology, and features to aggregate analysis results from different sources into reports.