[License-discuss] objective criteria for license evaluation
luis at tieguy.org
Mon Nov 12 19:02:56 UTC 2012
On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM, Tzeng, Nigel H. > If you really want
to present a neutral "Popular/Widely Used/Strong" list
> then use one developed from actual metrics of what is widely used. The
> OSRC one is the one I typically refer to. You'd want to remove the
> non-OSI approved licenses off that list.
> If you don't like that data set then pick another comprehensive data set
> to base the widely used list on.
As previously suggested, the issue of replacing the existing "by
categories" groupings is an extremely fraught one and one that I think
will require an extremely long-term discussion to address.
That said, there is clearly interest in having objective criteria of
some sort, either to replace or to supplement the current criteria. I
thank Nigel for not just saying that, but actually providing a
specific example :)
So, here's another call for discussion:
What objective, factual criteria would you use to supplement or
replace the current categories?
Ideally, suggestions for criteria would include either:
1) a reliable third-party data source (like the blackduck survey Nigel
pointed to) or
2) suggestions on how to gather the data. This need not be
super-practical, but of course suggestions that require OSI to build
software or hire data-analysts (or conjure volunteers to build *and
maintain* those things) will be harder to implement. :)
Unlike the other thread, when this thread wraps up/peters out, there
won't be any immediate action taken. But if there are good suggestions
I think they'll feed a lot of people's long-term thinking, and
(perhaps) in the medium term they could be used to supplement to the
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