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

Russ Nelson nelson at
Sat Feb 21 13:26:04 UTC 2009

Thorsten Glaser writes:
 > 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
 > it.

Now you're assuming your answer rather than questioning it.  What is
"truly" open source?  You can't wave a magic wand and answer that
question.  I beieve that we (the Open Source Initiative, and friends)
define that term, since we coined it.

 > >No true open source developer would fail to believe us.
 > Erm, sorry, but this is just ridiculous.

Glad you enjoyed it!

 > Let me state it again: the OSI does not control the term “Open
 > Source”, or OSD compliance.

You and the people who agree with you could all fit in a pub.  A small
pub.  Enjoy yourselves, but don't expect the rest of us to join your
little party.

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