Three new proposed OSD terms
chuck at codefab.com
Fri Mar 4 00:11:40 UTC 2005
Russell Nelson wrote:
> Alex Rousskov writes:
[ ... ]
>> To summarize, I think the proposed terms add another degree of complexity
>> but will not significantly reduce the number of licenses that OSI approves
>> in the next 10 years.
> So are you saying that you see no solution to the license proliferation problem?
Yes and no.
Yes, I think that the OSI can help reduce license proliferation by encouraging
people to reuse existing licenses.
No, I do not think anything the OSI can do is going to entirely solve the
"problem" of authors creating new licenses if they choose to do so.
> Or are you denying the existance of the problem?
License proliferation apparently is a problem for some people. The people
most affected are those who redistribute lots of third-party software, such as
OS vendors like HP or CD-ROM vendors like Walnut Creek.
It's a minor issue, or a non-issue, for many others. An end-user who does not
try to redistribute software probably could care less about the matter.
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