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Respect OSI Authoritah! ...Please?

Jun 25, 2007, 21:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"When Michael Tiemann, President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), rose up and smote the world-be open source vendors of the world last week, I was initially very happy. I cannot tell you how often I am in a briefing with someone and have rolled my eyes when they tout their company's product as 'open source' when it is so clearly not.

"This is not just the CRM vendors, who seem to be bearing the brunt of the blame for abusing the open source term. I get this sort of thing from all sorts of vendors, particularly embedded software firms...

"So, yes, I was pleased to hear the OSI would be cracking down on the flagrant use of 'open source' in the marketplace. I only have one problem: since OSI was the organization that let the proliferation of licenses happen in the first place, I think their efforts will be too little, too late..."

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