GPL-compatible vs Free was Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

Rick Moen rick at
Wed Aug 22 17:00:57 UTC 2007

Quoting Chris Travers (chris at

> Although I think that the FSF's articulated definition of Free Software 
> is good (the 4 Basic Freedoms), you won't get any argument from me 
> beyond this.  My views on the FSF are well known here :-).

Remind me again, please:  Why are _we_, the subscribers of OSI
license-discuss, supposed to care?

> The OSI does seem to be more consistant in enforcing the standards than 
> the FSF,* in my view.  I just wish the standards were a bit higher :-)

OSI's standards are detailed on its Web pages.  Is there a particular
one that you believe it is failing?  If so, please cite a specific
instance of this deriliction of duty.

If, by contrast, you are simply voicing your wish that OSI have a
different mission from the one it's had to date (as I suspect is the
case), then you are wasting your time and ours, and should instead find
or create a group more to your liking.

This is not your blog, Mr. Travers.

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