OSI enforcement?

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller robin at roblimo.com
Tue Jan 8 16:16:31 UTC 2008

John Cowan wrote:
> Dag-Erling Smørgrav scripsit:
>> Had you been so inclined, it would have taken you only seconds to
>> discover that the term was in use more than ten years before the
>> creation of the OSI.  
> However, the term is used in an entirely different sense in intelligence.

Correct. And my source is not Wikipedia but my training at the U.S. Army
Intelligence School at Ft. Devens, circa 1971. "OSI" is still a
widely-used acronym for "open source intelligence," by the way, and
various agencies still have plenty of people gathering, translating, and
analyzing it.

The "OSI" mark is what should be protected, IMO, and its use by eligible
projects should be encouraged.

FWIW, using an OSI-approved license will get your project on
SourceForge.net without argument, while use of any other license takes
special dispensation from our in-house lawyers -- and usually a friendly
suggestion to use an existing OSI-approved license if at all possible.

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
Editor in Chief,
SourceForge, Inc.

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