Subject: Re: DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 12:57:06 -0800

Quoting Tzeng, Nigel H. (

> Seems like a simple enough question:
> Does the OSI believe that closed source software is unethical?

(Does the IEEE believe that thinnet cabling is unethical?)  

The best answer to your question, IMVAO, is "Mu":  OSI is not a public
institution devoted to making public pronouncements on other people's ethics.
The very notion that a non-profit institution devoted to being custodian 
of the Open Source Definition, and to open source community-building and
education, would have any business making such pronouncements strikes me
as extremely wacky.