Subject: Re: BSD-like licenses and the OSI approval process
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:11:50 -0700

Quoting Zac Bowling (

> How about defining a difference between "OSI Approved" and "OSI Compatible"

Candidate answer:   Because part of the point of having a formal
definition in the first place is to encourage convergence onto a limited
number of relatively well known licences, so that the vast majority of
the population who don't enjoy minutely reading such things don't have
to worry about unpredictable effects from bizarre variations.