License Proliferation

Russell Nelson nelson at
Sun Sep 4 05:12:41 UTC 2005

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller writes:
 > I believe OSI should certify all licenses that comply with the OSD. 

I hear ya.

 > Otherwise the OSI becomes like a city zoning board or other regulatory 
 > agency that  doesn't merely  set down requirements for  results  ("All 
 > windows in new construction should be able to withstand 140 MPH winds or 
 > be be provided with removable coverings able to withstand 140 MPH 
 > winds")  but  specifies brands of windows and otherwise micromanges the 
 > details of even the most minor construction or renovation project.

I disagree with that principle.  The OSD already has a term designed
to prohibit exactly one license: the Aladdin Free Public License.  If
that's not micro-managing, I don't know what is.

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