Why is BSD OSI certified?

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Wed Oct 16 14:31:15 UTC 2002

Alain =?iso-8859-1?Q?D=E9silets?= scripsit:
> Looking on OSI's web site, I see that BSD is OSI certified.
> However, one criteria for OSI certification is that:
> "Where some form of a product is not distributed with source code, there
> must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the source code for no more
> than a reasonable reproduction cost–preferably, downloading via the
> Internet without charge."

OSD #2 is different from the other requirements: it says what a product
must allow in order to be Open Source, rather than what the product's
license must allow.  A binary-only distribution is not itself Open Source,
for the sufficient reason that it is not source at all, even if it was
built from Open Source (BSD, MIT, AFL, etc.) components.

The MPL is an Open Source license, and Mozilla is an Open Source product,
but Netscape 7.0 is not an Open Source product, because not all of its
source is available to us, even though most of its source is licensed
under the MPL.

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