ZDNet article - why attribution matters

Ben Tilly btilly at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 00:21:49 UTC 2006

On 11/28/06, Michael Tiemann <tiemann at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-11-28 at 12:06 -0700, David RR Webber (XML) wrote:
> > Once again though we come back to who manages and maintains that and
> > where?  Perhaps some kind of eBay rating system is in order - where
> > people can post for and against and developers can post a link to
> > their own entry in the rating bank - and you get points for
> > contributions and such to the source base?
> Such a ratings system is entirely orthogonal to the one most interesting
> to developers which has precisely four values:
> 0.  Not open source
> 1.  Not submitted for review -- unknown
> 2.  Submitted for review -- unknown, but positions being taken
> 3.  OSI approved

You forgot "compatible with the project I'm working on" which has a
much more complex valuation.  For a large part of the community,
however, that boils down to, "GPL compatible."


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