Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Aug 2007 20:13 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The OSI License-Discuss mailing list has been ablaze for the past few days since Microsoft submitted its Permissive License to the OSI for official open source license approval. Jon Rosenberg, source program director for Microsoft, posted, "Microsoft believes that this license provides unique value to the open source community by delivering simplicity, brevity, and permissive terms combined with intellectual property protection."
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RE[2]: To be honest...
by BluenoseJake on Sun 19th Aug 2007 18:30 UTC in reply to "RE: To be honest..."
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

"I really don't see an objective issue with refusing to listen to an almost (I'm being nice) criminal company from the perspective of OSS."

You're not being nice, you're being discriminatory. IF MS follows the process and the rules, their past behavior is somewhat irrelevant. OSI's job is to verify and certify Open Source licenses. They just can't reject it out of hand, that shows they are not objective, and it undermines efforts to get everyone, including MS to play by the rules. Getting MS to play fair with OSS is a goal I can get behind. That way everyone wins.

"Objectivity and unbiased opinions are for people who can't learn and abstract, not to mention impossible goals."

That's pretty closed minded, and a bit retarded as well. For an organization like OSI, they have to be definition of objectivity, or they are useless. These issues are not abstract, they affect the way thousands of people and organizations do business everyday.

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RE[3]: To be honest...
by ma_d on Sun 19th Aug 2007 19:38 in reply to "RE[2]: To be honest..."
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

The license and the license' owner should both be under investigation. If Microsoft is going to happily give up all ownership and claims to ownership (including trademarks) then we can evaluate just the license.

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RE[4]: To be honest...
by BluenoseJake on Mon 20th Aug 2007 01:13 in reply to "RE[3]: To be honest..."
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Sure, no problem, the license should be evaluated and passed if it meets OSI's criteria, but it should also not be denied because of who made it, if that is the only reason

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