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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.)

Glenn Maynard

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