Introducing Open Solutions Alliance

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Tue Feb 6 06:18:44 UTC 2007

On Mon, 5 Feb 2007, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Brian Behlendorf (brian at
>> p.s. - I asked Rick an off-list question back when the attribution thread
>> started because I wasn't sure about my own line of legal reasoning for
>> something, and wanted to avoid public embarrassment, since Rick can be
>> pretty devastating in his replies.  Looks like that didn't work!
> I'm sorry you feel that way, and certainly meant no offence:  I mostly
> noted the primary OSA backing (and presumable founding membership) from
> Dark Horse Ventures DBA CentricCRM, whose supposedly "open source"
> licensing is extremely and categorically proprietary by basically
> anyone's standards, including (say) John Roberts / SugarCRM.  You say
> you don't approve of that sort of behaviour, and I certainly believe you
> -- and yet you're running the panel discussion that announces the trade
> group's existence to the world?  I don't quite get that -- but look
> forward to learning more on the 15th.

All I can say is that when they asked me to chair the panel (separate from 
the question of whether CollabNet would be a member of OSA or not), I 
didn't make it conditional on everyone fixing their licensing story 
immediately.  Sounds like I've got at least one topic for the panel 

And I wasn't all that embarrassed.  :)


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