OSI enforcement?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri Jan 11 01:15:04 UTC 2008

Donovan Hawkins wrote:

>I can't really say anything about *why* the divide happened
> between the two defintions (I was a bit young at the time), but it
> certainly seems like the copyleft/permissive battle spilled over.
> [snip]
> The philosophical rift is over whether we want to allow other developers
> to use our free software in their proprietary products. This really
> shouldn't have anything to do with defining what free/open-source
> software is.

That is /a/ philosophical rift (though note that many people answer both
yes and no in different contexts).  However, I don't think that was the
cause of the OSI split; rather, I believe that it was a marketing issue
that applied to all free/open source software.

Matt Flaschen

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