License Committee Report for September 2005
chuck at codefab.com
Fri Sep 9 04:00:31 UTC 2005
"Radcliffe, Mark" <Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com> wrote:
> Eric S. Raymond <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:
>> Russell Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:
>>> o The board needs to revisit the three license criteria it added
>>> some months ago.
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>> The license-discuss membership doesn't make policy. The Board does.
>> Those criteria were approved after due deliberation by the Board for
>> good strategic reasons. Anyone who is unwilling to apply them may
>> recuse him or herself from the process.
> I agree with Eric. While we need to be sensitive to the concerns
> expressed by members of the community, the OSI board must make these
> decisions. We have done so and should follow the decision until we
> decide that it is incorrect.
Thanks for these comments, gentlemen; I was hoping that other members of the
OSI board would respond to this topic. True, the OSI board is under no
obligation to heed the opinions of members of the license-discuss mailing list:
the most popular opinion is not always correct nor does it always produce the
However, when the larger community reaches a clear and nearly universal
consensus on an issue, any subgroup which disagrees has chosen to not be
representative of the community as a whole.
(Speaking of which, is it necessary to keep drawing dividing lines between the
people who are on the board and those who are not? If those who are on the
board tried to use the word "we" to mean "we as in everybody" rather than just
"we" meaning "those people on the OSI board", the result might be beneficial.)
Anyway, I fully support the notion that an individual, or a group of people
such as the OSI board, should make their own decisions, set their own policies,
and take responsibility for their own actions. In particular, the OSI board
has chosen to be responsible for the "OSI Certified Open Source" trademark, and
has published a policy and procedure for license approval at:
If the three criteria Russell mentioned are part of the approval process that
the OSI board actually follows today, then those criteria need to be made part
of the OSD or the "Getting a License Approved" section of this page.
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