FOSSEPS stands for Free and Open Source Solutions for European Public Services and is an initative by the EU Commission to identify the most critical open source software used by European Public Services.
Open Source Software powers everything, from modern servers, to IoT, to the desktops at work and is at the heart of the European Union systems too. It is so important that the European Commission's Open Source Programme Office has decided to offer bug bounties on popular open source software as described in "European Union Will Pay For Finding Bugs In Open Source Software".
The issue with the bug bounty was which apps were going to be labeled as critical or important in order to allocate resources to them. This is the same problem faced by the Open Source Security Foundation in its effort to make open source software sustainable and for which the Criticality Score Project was set up. This has already led to critical OSS projects being identified, most recently with the publication of "Census II of Free and Open Source Software - Application Libraries", as we reported last month.
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