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OSI Board Addition May Bring Needed Change

Mar 13, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"When Simon Phipps says people have been critical of the Open Source Initiative, I'm pretty sure I'm one of the critics to which he's referring.

"The OSI has been one of those organizations that seemed to fall short of its true potential, which is always a source of frustration; you want them to succeed, and don't understand when things go awry. It's particularly difficult to stand by and watch it happen to people whom you genuinely respect, like Michael Tiemann, Danese Cooper, and Phipps himself, who has this week has been elected to the Board of Directors, effective April 1. They, and other members of the OSI board, are individually very smart and more than capable of spearheading the open source governance body.

"The OSI, if you recall, is primarily responsible for enforcing the Open Source Definition, the document that literally defines what is open source software. The practical extension of this enforcement is, in a nutshell, the OSI decides what constitutes an open source license."

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