DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jan 11 20:57:06 UTC 2008

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

> Seems like a simple enough question:
> Does the OSI believe that closed source software is unethical?

(Does the IEEE believe that thinnet cabling is unethical?)  

The best answer to your question, IMVAO, is "Mu":  OSI is not a public
institution devoted to making public pronouncements on other people's ethics.
The very notion that a non-profit institution devoted to being custodian 
of the Open Source Definition, and to open source community-building and
education, would have any business making such pronouncements strikes me
as extremely wacky.

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