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

Thorsten Glaser tg at
Thu Feb 19 16:11:47 UTC 2009

Russ Nelson dixit:

>The people who look to us to answer the question "Is this software
>open source?"

Actually, they don’t. They want you to _simplify_ the answer to the
question by providing a trademark which OSS developers can use if
they adhere to certain conditions, fully knowing you only allow a
*subset* of truly open source (as in OSD compliant) software to bear

>No true open source developer would fail to believe us.

Erm, sorry, but this is just ridiculous. While you do have some
acknowledged authority, nobody sane just trusts authority blindly.

Let me state it again: the OSI does not control the term “Open
Source”, or OSD compliance. It, however, does control the OSD,
and the term “OSI Approved Open Source Software™”. The usual
way to get the latter is to use one of the OSI approved licen-
ces, but that needs not be the only way.

“It is inappropriate to require that a time represented as
 seconds since the Epoch precisely represent the number of
 seconds between the referenced time and the Epoch.”
	-- IEEE Std 1003.1b-1993 (POSIX) Section B.2.2.2

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