DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jan 11 16:41:47 UTC 2008

Quoting Tzeng, Nigel H. (Nigel.Tzeng at jhuapl.edu):

> As I said in the other email, one can believe that open source is a
> superior method but still be positive (or neutral) about the value of
> closed source.

If one doesn't mind contradicting one's self?

> A neutral opinion vs positive or negative is probably more in line
> with the official stance, neither praising nor condemning closed
> source development.

Stating that open source is a superior development model is hardly
neutral.  I'm sorry, but I find myself boggling at your assertion to the
contrary.  Avoidance of moralistic polemics (either because they don't
work, or for any other reason) is in no way the same as neutrality.
> I am of the opinion that the philospohical position of the OSI within
> the FAQ should be provided by the OSI board to clearly describe the
> official position.
> There are many things that can be determined by consensus but I'm not
> sure that is an effective mechanism for this particular item.

If lack of common sense is predominant on this mailing list, then indeed
perhaps so.

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