Spirit of OSD - was[Fails OSD #1.]

Steve Mallett steve at opensourcedirectory.com
Tue Nov 13 13:26:53 UTC 2001



> 1. The OSD is not written in statutory language.

While its not 'statutory' do you still consider it the 'definition' of 

> It still makes a _wonderful_ manifesto, its success speaks for that. But to
> apply it blindly would be foolhardy. I imagine that there is an unbounded
> set of licenses that appear to be OSD-compliant yet are so pernicious in
> their terms as to be outside of the spirit of the OSD.

Recognizing the weaknesses (and strengths) of speaking in symbolic terms.....
Is there anything _else_ that you feel helps define the 'spirit' of the OSD?  
Writings, postings etc....  So many folks have different ideas of what the 
'spirit' is that, en masse, we do apply it blindly if not adhering strictly 
to a formal 'definition'. Or should we (everyone) use it a 'spiritual' guide 
in conjunction with its definition and work with it on its own?

*I apologize fully for sounding like a philosophy prof.
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