DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri Jan 11 02:43:03 UTC 2008

Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> Perhaps OSI's neutral stance on proprietary software is born from
> pragmatism but it does allow the OSI to be inclusive rather than 
> exclusive.

They are not neutral to proprietary software.  As noted earlier, OSI
supports open source "better quality, higher reliability, more
flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in."
Moreover, it's bylaws (http://opensource.org/bylaws) say (among many
other things) that they are to "advocate for open source principles".
OSI takes a very different approach from the FSF, but is clear that they
are not neutral.

Matt Flaschen

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