License Committee Report for September 2009
gc at falconpl.org
Wed Sep 2 08:03:09 UTC 2009
Russ Nelson wrote:
> I'm the chair of the license approval committee. This is my report
> for the current set of licenses under discussion. The OSI board will
> be meeting September 2nd.
> Title: Falcon Programming Language License
> License: http://www.falconpl.org/index.ftd?page_id=license_1_1
> Comments: Clearly OSD-compatible but ... it's the GPL with an added
> freedom to embed the language interpreter creating a single work
> without invoking the terms of the GPL. If that were it, then we
> could leave it there, but Giancarlo adds required attribution above
> and beyond that required by the GPL.
> Recommend: discussion has been insufficient to justify approval at
> this time.
The "added freedom" is essential to the business model of an open source
embeddable engine (exp. embeddable scripting engine). In the rationale I
sent with the submission I explained why I thought it is preferable to
stop the "custom license / GPL, but with my own uncontrolled/uncertified
exception" rage, and to offer a standardized license covering this
Could you please clarify the sentence "but Giancarlo adds required
attribution above and beyond that required by the GPL" ?
Finally; please notice that I proposed to amend it as the committee
suggests. This includes renaming it. We don't have a foundation ATM,
even if we plan to have it, so I would agree with the idea that "(The)
Falcon (Programming Language) License" doesn't suggest that the license
is general and meant to target a generic software (with determined
characteristics, of course) to the casual reader searching for a
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