Use of "open source"

DShofi at DShofi at
Wed Jan 3 15:31:12 UTC 2007

Matthew wrote: 

> I think it meets the OSD.  However, please don't call it open source
> unless/until OSI approves it.

While I agree that license proliferation makes it harder to consolidate 
code bases and determine license compatibility and while I understand the 
usefulness of the OSI certification mark program, it seems that the OSI is 
in no position to restrict anyone's labelling and use of a license as 
"open source" that satisfies all of the definitional characteristics even 
if it is not OSI approved.  What am I missing?  Why urge that the term 
"open source" be withheld unless approved?


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