For Approval: Open Source Software Alliance License
geek at devcompany.com
Thu Sep 25 21:23:00 UTC 2003
Personally, the OSSAL is a step in the right direction, once it's finished I
am thinking of adopting it myself. It reflects current day needs among small
shop developers (eg. self employed programmers/consultants). Which I might
add, is a segment of this community who's needs are seemingly never fully
addressed, by the OSI or FSF.
> The OSI is a political organization
yeah.. and IMHO this is the very reason that many who want to support the Open
Source community, will not do so. It is slowly becoming a cheerleading
section for the GPL. Will the supporters of the GPL ever shed the notion that
the GPL is "the answer to everything". Guess what, if diversity in your
politics is a good thing than why does it seem to be an uphill battle every
time someone does something that may not conform to the 'copyleft' side of
the debate? Why does the "non-GPL" view have to be seen as "dissent" ? Why
does the opensource community/OSI have to have one view on any given topic?
>``dedicated to managing and
> promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community.''
Well..there are those within the "community" to which the GPL is a hindrance,
plain and simple. Those of us who do not work for mega corporations or
universities with seemingly unlimited resources from multiple revenue streams
and legions of underpaid code slaves.
Those of us who own small businesses have needs that are not being met by
currently defined OSI approved licenses, and quite honestly open source in
general is taking a beating because of it, but the remedy is to submit new
licenses, the OSI has provided a process for doing this, however the trend on
new license submissions is always "use an existing license" or "use the GPL"
If a hobbyist, or user, or whomever wants to license under the GPL thats fine,
I'm glad they contributed, however, it is narrow minded and arrogant to think
that the same rights that protect a user would be an acceptable in all other
I hope the OSI approves this license in short order.
Have a great day!
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