Re: [PROPOSAL] Open Source certification

From: Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus(dot)Brinkmann(at)ruhr-uni-bochum(dot)de>
To: Russell Nelson <nelson(at)crynwr(dot)com>, spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: [PROPOSAL] Open Source certification
Date: 1999-04-11 10:28:36
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On Sun, Apr 11, 1999 at 01:29:02AM -0000, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Right, and if they want to do so using Open Source(tm), they have to
> abide by the rules. And that means "free [their] software".

Yeah, that's one fundamental prerequisite. But that will not mean that we
"choose to play with them", to stretch the analogy.

There is a lot more behind it: for example, good faith and mind share. I
wonder if the members of the OSI board read the "reflections about the past
year" by Frank Hecker from Mozilla.
(It seems thatat least ESR read it, judging by the "open letter to
Microsoft" [[on that I better not comment]])

The point is that the company must make a good effort to go Free Software,
or the bazaar model doesn't work because of lack of participiation.


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