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Oct 21, 2005, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"This year the OSI has focused on expanding awareness of Open Source by more purposefully serving the expanding international open source movement. To that end, we've expanded our board to include 4 members from outside North America. In this process, we realized that the OSI Website is a valuable resource for governments and others worldwide as they explore open source. In order to be a credible resource, we received strong and consistent feedback that focusing on the historical negative actions of a single company, especially a globally prominent company which has strong commercial positioning in every country, was not helpful. Furthermore, it was leading to the false impression that open source was all about amateur hackerism instead of a viable, professional alternative to the traditional proprietary world of software.

"We voted unanimously as a board in April 2005 to move historical materials such as Eric Raymond's 'the Halloween Documents' and Michael Tiemann's 'A Case for Open Source' to the authors' sites for maintenance and to re-focus our efforts on increasing professionalism and credibility for both OSI and for open source worldwide..."

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