DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jan 11 19:56:26 UTC 2008

Quoting David Dillard (david_dillard at symantec.com):
> John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> > David Dillard scripsit:
> > 
> > > Thus, *if* the OSI believes that open source is ethical and closed 
> > > source is unethical then it should not approve licenses which allow 
> > > open source to be used in closed source applications.
> > 
> > Non sequitur.
> That's your opinion and you're welcome to it.  I disagree.

Logic is not subject to voting.  John is correct that your conclusion
does not follow from its premises.

Further, the explicit purpose of OSI's licence certification programme
is to spell out the essential qualities of open source software.  It is
not to prevent approval or use of licences that permit proprietary

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