OSI certification mark and BSD licence

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Tue Oct 22 15:45:22 UTC 2002

Francis Hunt scripsit:

> I completely agree and that is the point. The intention of the OSI 
> certification mark is surely to convince people that the product it is 
> associated with is "Open Source". Hence why does the use of the OSI 
> certification mark not require source code distribution as well as an OSI 
> approved licence?

Ah, now I understand.  OSI members, this is trivial but important.
The page http://opensource.org/docs/certification_mark.php actually
says that if something is licensed under an OSI-certified license,
it can use the mark.  It doesn't say that the software itself
has to conform to the OSD, only its license.  In particular, it doesn't
force the author to make source code available!

Pkease fix ASAP.

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beating of drums, and thin, monotonous whine of blasphemous flutes from
inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond Time; the detestable pounding
and piping whereunto dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic
tenebrous ultimate gods --  the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose soul
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