Network Time Foundation Joins Open Source Initiative

Membership highlights larger initiative extending engagement across open source software communities.
By: Open Source Initiative
Network Time Foundation joins OSI as Affiliate Member.
Network Time Foundation joins OSI as Affiliate Member.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Oct. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), the global organization working to promote and protect open source software, is pleased to announce the affiliate membership of Network Time Foundation (NTF). NTF develops, maintains, and administers open source projects, including the Network Time Protocol, one of the oldest continuously running protocols on the Internet. NTP delivers accurate, synchronized time: a bedrock assumption of the moment-by-moment operations of networking computing.

Although established relatively recently, in 2011, NTF support and improvement of network timekeeping in the general community, dates back to 1981, serving as essential infrastructure and enabling the Internet as we know it. NTF develops and maintains the most widely used open source precision time synchronization software. Without NTF and their projects, the flow of information to the world's interconnected devices would slow or even stop.

The OSI works to increase open source development and adoption as the steward of the Open Source Definition, as the certifying body for open source licenses, and by establishing such certification as the standard for open source software projects and distribution. The OSI has become a cornerstone of software freedom.

"Network Time Foundation successfully applied to OSI to have the NTP License approved as an open source license back in 2008, and NTF is pleased to increase its participation and cooperation with the OSI and its members," said Harlan Stenn, NTP's Project Manager, and Release Engineer.

"It is an honor to welcome NTF to the OSI as an affiliate member," said Patrick Masson, OSI's General Manager. "There just are some open source projects fundamental to not only making today's technology-driven world work, but that also serves as a reference point to help others understand how today's projects can work: NTP is one of them."

About Network Time Foundation
NTF's scope of work ranges from helping to craft the precise description of how to exchange time (standardizing protocols and behaviors), writing high-quality software and documentation, understanding and accommodating how things behave in a wide variety of real-world situations and helping people and organizations trust that they have reliable and accurate timestamps. NTF works to ensure Network Time is running, ready, and available to everyone who needs it. Please visit for more information.

About The Open Source Initiative
The OSI protects and promotes open source software, development, and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI is a public charity with a global vision based in California. For more information about the OSI, please see
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