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OSI: License Proliferation

Apr 08, 2005, 19:45 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Seven years ago, in 1998, OSI began evaluating licenses for compliance with the Open Source Definition. Our goals in doing this were: (1) to articulate the social contract that knits together open source software developers, (2) to create a nexus of trust between developers and the corporate and government world that would facilitate more cooperation, and (3) to knit the hackers and the suits together into a larger and stronger open-source community.

"At that time, when OSI was still struggling to build its credibility and neutrality to both groups, the best policy seemed to be a completely non-directive one..."

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