Re: [DSFG] question: Custom hand written notice
On Thu, Feb 09, 2006 at 05:12:31PM +0530, Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
> Jari Aalto said on Thu, Feb 09, 2006 at 01:08:19PM +0200,:
> > Btw, is DSFG close to OSI approved or are there list somewhere that
> > describes the difference?
> DFSG applies to software, `OSI-approved' relates to licenses. A
> package under a OSI approved licence *may* not be DFSG free if, for
> example, it includes a procedure which implemnts an actively enforced
> patent; or depends on a non-free software (eg. for compliation).
Er. DFSG applies to the restrictions in effect on a piece of software.
Most of the time, that means the same thing: the license. In practice,
there are many licenses that are OSI-approved but are not DFSG-free,
because the OSD and the DFSG are interpreted by widely different groups
of people, with different goals and principles.
(The interpretation isn't even close. As I understand it, OSI uses the
OSD as a literal set of rules--a "definition", which is in stark contrast
to Debian's use of the DFSG as a set of guidelines.)