Introducing Open Solutions Alliance

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Wed Feb 14 23:29:12 UTC 2007

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
> 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: 

That's a pretty good article.  However, it's an understatement to say,
"It's unlikely that companies that aren't entirely open source will be
barred from joining".  It's not just that companies have both open
source and proprietary code.  SourceForge and CentricCRM have no open
source code, and others use licenses that haven't been OSI-vetted

> 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.

It really seems they're trying to distract people from this...  Thanks
for doing these interviews.

 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.

That's doubly ironic, since SourceForge doesn't seem to have any real
open source products.

> ...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

Post a link when it's up.

Matt Flaschen

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