Free Software Licenses not approved as Open Sourse License

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Thu Apr 20 22:51:35 UTC 2006

would be great to know where the OSI stands in this regard.

On 4/21/06, Wilson, Andrew <andrew.wilson at> wrote:
> Laura Majerus wrote:
> > Recently, someone had asked whether interested parties who are not
> > stewards of the license can submit licenses for approval by OSI and
> the
> > answer at the time was "no."  OSI only approves licenses that are
> > submitted for approval by their stewards.
> We should have this discussion sooner or later, so let's try sooner.
> As everyone knows, FSF is in the process of revising GPL and LGPL.
> Also, everyone knows Richard Stallman's opinion of "open source"
> versus "free software."  I wouldn't dream of presuming to speak
> for Richard and the FSF, but I would be very surprised if they
> were to submit GPL/LGPL 3.0 to OSI for approval as "open source."
> If this assumption is correct, and if OSI strictly enforces the
> stewards-only policy Laura describes, that creates a highly awkward
> situation where two of the most important licenses
> wouldn't even be evaluated.
> Seemingly, something needs to give.
> Andy Wilson
> Intel Open Source Technology Center

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