Subscription/Service Fees - OSI Intent
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Mar 29 02:34:22 UTC 2001
begin David Davies quotation:
> That's a great point that everyone can respect. But who decides what
> the definition of Open Source is ?
http://www.opensource.org/osd.html does, because:
1. It's the only clear yardstick we have, and
2. The OSI got there first.
If you want a concept that means something else, kindly avail yourself
of the huge combinatorial possibilties that the Roman alphabet affords,
and invent some other name.
> If that is the meaning of Open Source shouldn't it be spelt out a
> little better in the OSD ?
I don't know: It's seemed to bear up very well over the years. Only a
few people have failed to grasp the spirit of the document, even while
arguing over the letter of it. Of course, OSI _certifications_ ensures
in part that "holes" in the literal text cannot be used to pull a fast
one over the open-source community -- e.g., attempting to justify
> "Quite a few people on this List" do not necessarily represent the OSI
> nor can they (or the OSI really) dictate what is understood by the
> term Open Source.
Indeed, you could always try appealing to the "silent majority": It
worked for Nixon.
Cheers, Right to keep and bear
Rick Moen Haiku shall not be abridged
rick at linuxmafia.com Or denied. So there.
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