OSI mark. was[Re: Backlog assistance?]
steve at opensourcedirectory.com
Fri Sep 21 22:54:36 UTC 2001
> Or maybe I won't bother. I like the concept of the OSI and what they're
> ostensibly doing, and I'd even like to help, but when it comes right
> down to it, it's not like OSI certification is actually _useful_ for
It's really useful. Maybe not in your case, but let me explain.
As a user (as opposed to a developer in this example) I really and truley
don't give a shit (inserted for dramatic effect only) what license a progam I
use has other than to know it is compliant with the open-source definition.
It's license is on the list? Great, I'm in.
The day I read all those licenses to figure out every little detail of what
they all mean is the day I shoot myself. Is it 'OSI certified'? That's all
I need to know. That someone who knows this legal mumbo-jumbo and given it
the nod is good enough for me.
As more newbies come looking for this thing 'open-source' they keep hearing
about they're going to want to know one thing only. Is it open-source or
not? Yes or no?
Please reconsider your position.
IANAL, but I play one on TV!
Steve Mallett | Just Stable, Open-Source Apps
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I have nothing to do with license approval.)
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