MS-PL/GPL compatibility, was Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Aug 23 23:16:27 UTC 2007
Quoting Chris Travers (chris.travers at gmail.com):
> I thought this was a list for discussing licenses in general.
You would be quite mistaken.
If you visit the listinfo page,
http://www.crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi/3/ , you might come across,
among other things, one of the very earliest postings, one from Brian
Behlendorf, which addressed this matter:
Subject: What may or may not be appropriate for this list
From: Brian Behlendorf <brian at hyperreal.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 00:34:48 -0700 (PDT)
On Wed, 14 Apr 1999, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> I think a discussion like this should be out in the open. If the listowner
> wants to deem it off-topic, I'm sure that they'll say something (unless
> you're the listowner *grin*)
I'm not the listowner, but I am an OSI board member and one who
supported the creation of this list, and I hope it's used for its
purpose, which is to evaluate licenses that get posted for conformance
to the OSD, and *not* as a general license debate forum. There are
god knows how many places to discuss the GPL and IP issues.
While we don't have a license in front of us right now, let's try to
keep the traffic low; I'd like this to be one of those lists people
don't filter into their "read later when I've got free time sometime
next week" mailboxes, since license evaluation will need to happen
quickly when one is posted.
Navigating from the front page of http://www.opensource.org/,
Home -> How to get involved with OSI -> Mailing lists takes you to
http://opensource.org/node/159 , which has a roster of the available
mailing lists but is sadly lacking in descriptions of their charters.
Home -> Certification Mark -> The Licence Approval Process or
Home -> Projects/Initiatives -> The Licence Approval Process
guides you to http://opensource.org/approval, which clarifies:
4. Prepare an email with three sections as described in the next
three paragraphs. Send that email to the license-discuss mailing list
(license-discuss at our domain name, opensource.org). The subject of
your message should be "For Approval:" followed by the name of your
5. You are invited to follow discussion of the licenses by
subscribing to license-discuss-subscribe at opensource.org. This
mailing-list is archived here
6. If license-discuss mailing list members find that the license does
not conform to the Open Source Definition, they will work with you to
resolve the problems. Similarly, if we see a problem, we will work with
you to resolve any problems uncovered in public comment.
_That_ is the intended purpose of this mailing list, and is how you
might have known that fact without assistance -- as opposed to making a
very bad (and convenient) guess. _Or_ you could have asked.
Obviously, offtopic digressions are legion. To quote a rule of thumb I
articulated long ago, on a Usenet newsgroup far, far away, offtopic
digressions are probably welcome to the degree they're some combination
of amusing, brief, infrequent, socially decorous, and non-annoying.
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