new license to review
clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Sat May 8 02:14:00 UTC 1999
bruce at perens.com wrote:
> Hear, Hear!
> We are in danger of tying ourselves up in red tape as we are saddled with
> more licenses, and their incompatibility, every day. The OSI should act
> to discourage license proliferation when possible, lest it do itself and
> its community a disservice.
Just some thoughts...
Hurray. What would be ideal, is to develop common
set of underlying clauses and algebraic rules for
combining those clauses. Say that a decomposition
lead to 26 clauses, A..Z,
Then each OS license would be defined in
terms of these clauses. So that
Artistic = A, B, C, F, G, Y
BSD = A, C, D, F, Y
GNU = B D, F, G, H, I,
And then you have rules which define how
the licenses combine (as you combine the
source code they are licensed with)
I started to do this about a year ago,
it _could_ be done, provided many of the
groups participated in a more unified
licensing mechanism. It seems OS would
be a good way to do this.
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