Subject: Re: For Approval: Boost Software License - Version 1.0 - August 17th, 2003
From: Russ Nelson <>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 01:32:30 -0400

David Abrahams writes:
 > Can someone who knows please tell us?  We had a professional (pro
 > bono) lawyer trying for months to get our license approved, and he
 > got no response from OSI.  It gives the impression of a catch-22:
 > they won't approve the license and they won't tell us what's
 > necessary in order to approve it.  As far as we can tell we
 > fulfilled all the publicly-visible written requirements.

Many months, indeed.  Over a year ago (8/2006), you sent your approval
request to  There was a period of
time after switching to the new site when there were two different
approval processes available on the website.  This is the correct one:
and it includes directions to send a portion of the approval request
to license-discuss.

Again, I have to point out that having a process, with definite steps,
helps to ensure that licenses actually get approved.  People whinge
about having to follow the steps, but they also whinge when their
license doesn't get approved.  Winning is not a possibility here. 

Basically, yes, I saw the approval request, but because the public
parts were never sent to license-discuss, I completely forgot about
it.  If you wonder how I can completely forget about something, well,
just ask my wife.  Happens all the time.

There is a growing realization on the board that the current
technology for license approvals isn't working.  We plan to use some
different technology, but we're not saying exactly what because we
don't know yet.

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