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Re: OSI affiliation

On 02/13/2012 01:10 PM, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> - OSI history is intertwined with ours and we share a common heritage:
>   the DFSG. Having the actors interested in such a document work more
>   closely together is, IMHO, desirable.
>   (As a side note on this: ours and OSI's version of DFSG have diverged
>   through the years. It'd be nice to see if we can merge the differences
>   and/or generalize the texts so that other distros and projects can
>   benefit from them.)
> - OSI seems to have evolved quite a bit as of recently. After many years
>   of low activity, they have took part in important political battles
>   for Free Software. They have also done so side by side with other
>   organizations, including the FSF (see [4] for a recent example on
>   software patents). Those battles are important for Debian and their
>   outcomes will influence us, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately
>   we rarely have the energy, structure, or visibility to fight them.
>   Lacking those resources, joining an association who has them is a
>   useful way to contribute.
>   [4] http://www.fsf.org/news/osi-fsf-joint-position-cptn
> Again, the above is just my personal advice.  I'll be happy to read your
> comments and use them to make a more informed decision.

I found the same reasons in my head while reading the first part of your
email. I truly believe Debian should be an OSI affiliate

Jose Luis Rivas - GPG: 0x7C4DF50D / 0xCACAB118
The Debian Project Developer -- http://ghostbar.ath.cx
Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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