GNU GPL and Open Source Definition

bruce at bruce at
Wed Apr 28 16:11:18 UTC 1999

From: Seth David Schoen <schoen at>
> but that the GPL itself is not an Open Source license.  Eek.

Seth, look at the BSD license as an example: it actually _mandates_ very few
of the OSD restrictions, but _permits_ all of them. So, OSD compliance _has_
to be a combination of license and practice. We were well aware of this while
writing the DFSG.



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