Subject: Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License
From: Matthew Flaschen <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 16:24:49 -0400

Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Matthew Flaschen (
>> I would prefer if Microsoft addressed the "permissive" issue now (i.e.
>> before official board consideration), either by renaming the license or
>> removing the relevant clause (though the latter may make it duplicative).
> Just a reminder:
> I rechecked OSD to see if it includes...
>    11.  The licence must not bear a name that the OSI Board deems to be
>    misleading.
> ...and cannot find same.

As I said, it's OSD-compliant (I think everyone agrees on this).  But
that's clearly not the only criteria OSI uses.  If Microsoft is
unwilling to change the name, OSI should approve it anyway.  But I hope
it doesn't come to that.

Matthew Flaschen