Three new proposed OSD terms
prabhaka at apple.com
Thu Mar 3 18:23:35 UTC 2005
On Mar 3, 2005, at 10:03 AM, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> I think OSI should leave the certification criteria as they are -
> even consider taking a fresh look at the existing ones to ask if
> they're needed. I think OSI could very well create a gold standard
> list of licenses that meet additional criteria and are "recommended".
> It might take some effort to properly template-ize them, and to
> provide a chart showing which licenses allow sublicensing under which
> other licenses. It might even be useful to attempt to provide
> standard language for certain upcoming requirements, like patent
> defense clauses. All of which is more work than just inventing a few
> new rules, admittedly.
Of all the proposals, I like Brian's the best. If the real goal is to
encourage people to reuse existing licenses rather than make new ones,
I'd rather invest the effort in making it *easier* to the do the right
thing (use a Recommended, Templateable License) rather than make it
harder to do the 'wrong' thing (write a new license).
Yeah, it is much more work, but it is more worth doing (I'm happy to
help, as a private citizen). Otherwise, I fear we'll end up diluting
a highly-regarded objective standard (the OSD) with subjective
administrative criteria, which is a path I don't want to go down.
-- Ernie P.
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