Why is BSD OSI certified?
alain.desilets at nrc.ca
Wed Oct 16 13:45:05 UTC 2002
Looking on OSI's web site, I see that BSD is OSI certified.
However, one criteria for OSI certification is that:
"Where some form of a product is not distributed with source code, there
must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the source code for no more
than a reasonable reproduction costpreferably, downloading via the
Internet without charge."
Yet, BSD seems to allow binary-only distributions without requiring that
the source code be easily available:
-- quoted from BSD --
"Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution."
So what am I missing? Am I misinterpreting the OSI criteria or the BSD
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