Introducing Open Solutions Alliance

Matt Asay mjasay at
Wed Feb 14 23:06:31 UTC 2007

You should first of all ask them why the group is necessary in the first

Didn't we learn with OSDL?  Open source is a force that can't be stopped,
and this sort of partnership-group-hug-thing isn't helpful.  Perhaps not
hurtful, except that the implication seems to be that if you don't have an
OSA, open source adoption will suffer.  That is clearly not the case.  Not
be a long ways....

> From: Robin 'Roblimo' Miller <robin at>
> Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 17:31:49 -0500
> To: License Discuss <license-discuss at>
> Subject: Re: Introducing Open Solutions Alliance
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
>>> I'm sure licensing questions will be raised at the LinuxWorld Jr.
>>> presentation. I'll be there with my video camera and lots of tape...
>> It looks like CentricCRM couldn't wait after all.  There's a story up at
>>  ZDNet (
> Also this story by one of my people:
> And tomorrow, immediately after the panel discussion re OSA, I'll be
> talking to some OSA principals about principles.
> I had some private conversations with two of them today, and I think the
> real truth is that they never really put a lot of thought about how
> "open source" a company must be to join their group. I told two of their
> people -- and dude Ross Turk also said -- that we think
> the membership criterion should be that a company's main products or
> services are open source, and when we say "open source," we mean open
> source as defined by OSI.
> I have personally railed in the past against companies using "based on
> open source" as a marketing gimmick. Microsoft can legitimately claim
> that it has projects "based on open source," so, um...
> ...anyway, more to come. May be in the form of an opinion piece. I am
> obviously partisan here and not ashamed to say so. The story will run on
> Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
> Editor in Chief, OSTG

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