OSI compliance requiring software to be "free beer"?
nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Jan 18 16:29:58 UTC 2001
Manfred Schmid writes:
> I hereby request an official Board statement: Does OSI approval of
> licenses require the software to be free in the sense of "free beer"?
[ I prefer to use the terms "gratis" and "libre". In English, "free"
means both those things at the same time, and in our context is often
VERY confusing. ]
No. I (just one of the board members of OSI) don't care if software
is gratis. Open Source (or "Free", aka rms-Free) software must be
libre. That it ends up being gratis is just a side-effect; sometimes
a good one, sometimes a bad one. If you can figure out how to make
libre software not also be gratis, you'll become a rich man.
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