Subject: Re: Change ot topic, back to OVPL
From: Stephane Dalmas <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 18:09:56 +0200

Joel West wrote:

>The new, improved OSI seems to be toeing the Martin Fink line that all the Open Source
world's problems can be solved by a licensing freeze or rollback, rather than the previously
announced plan to tier licenses into three groups. Since the 3rd tier group is called
"not recommended", it appears that under the new policy that licenses likely to emerge
in this group will be killed in the womb rather than brought into the world to fight
for acceptance.
>Brian is not the only one who has doubts about the current anti-proliferation regime.
Simon Phipps of Sun (now open source czar at Sun) made some cogent comments a few months
>So if the OSI is going to have a de facto freeze on new licenses that otherwise meet
the spirit of the OSD, in the name of transparency this should be announced as an official
As someone (a representative of three research institutions) who 
submitted a license for approval more than two months ago without having 
heard a single word from the OSI board since then, I second this. This 
is very disturbing as is what I recently read in this mailing list 
coming from some members of the OSI board.

OSI did a great job that benefited to the whole Open Source community. 
If OSI matters now it is because of their past policy not of their 
future one...

I second everyone that disagrees with requirements for certification 
that go beyond conformance to the letter and spirit of OSD. If the OSI 
changed OSD then please reflect the changes on your Web site as soon as