OSD #2 (was Re: GPL vs APSL (was: YAPL is bad))

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Sep 25 22:30:08 UTC 2001

begin Matthew C. Weigel quotation:

> I also think that the OSD contributes to this misunderstanding - I
> think the wording of the introduction should be rewritten to not
> suggest the distribution terms have to meet the OSD, but the
> distribution terms or the distribution itself.

Actually, I think it's just a case of some computer geeks amusing
themselves be pretending that the OSD is supposed to be a standalone 
expert system for auto-issuing licence certifications -- while knowing
full well that it's actually a set of guidelines for what the Board
will or won't likely certify based upon the licence's substance.

The existence of a set of guidelines fortunately doesn't bar the Board
-- or the rest of us -- from applying common sense.  E.g., "Sorry, but 
software without source code cannot be open source."

"Is it not the beauty of an asynchronous form of discussion that one can go and 
make cups of tea, floss the cat, fluff the geraniums, open the kitchen window 
and scream out it with operatic force, volume, and decorum, and then return to 
the vexed glowing letters calmer of mind and soul?" -- The Cube, forum3000.org
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