For Approval: Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, v1.0

Russ Nelson nelson at
Thu Feb 19 04:52:57 UTC 2009

John Cowan writes:
 > That's as much as to say: before the board acted, John Cowan shouldn't
 > have been believed about the MS-PL and the MS-CL, whereas after
 > the board action the same uncontroverted arguments about identical
 > texts were somehow worthy of belief.

Basically, yes.

 > Who died and appointed you God?

The people who look to us to answer the question "Is this software
open source?"  That's .... pretty much everybody except a few grumpy
people.  No true open source developer would fail to believe us.

 > If EvilMicroSnortCo claims that their Hugely Proprietary License
 > ("We get all rights, you get no rights, period") is OSD-compliant, we
 > shouldn't listen.

How do we know that YOU are correct and EMSCo is incorrect?

I fear that you are waving your hands at the hermenutics of OSD
compliance as if the problem didn't exist.  That's just the way
leftists wave their hands at the problem of Public Choice, and the way
rightists wave their hands at the problem of Linear Infrastructure.

All this hand-waving accomplishes nothing.  The problems remain.

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