Stefano Zacchiroli dijo [Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 06:40:08PM +0100]: > Dear project members, > as you might have heard post-FOSDEM, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) > is opening up to an affiliate membership structure [1,2]. As I've > already mentioned in , representatives of OSI have approached me to > know if Debian is interested into joining. I'd like to discuss with you > such a possibility. > (...) I think it's a great idea and opportunity. I agree with the rest of what you mention here - And although many of us don't identify with OSI's name or (part of) its historical behaviour, I think the coincidences are greater than the differences. OSI's name is widely recognized, and it is a very worthy organization with which we can surely push important points. As for what you mention on the DFSG and the OSD: There are many attempts at defining free software/open source. Each group has a slightly (or very?) different mindset. And although I'd love to be able to re-align our various definitions, I think it's not worth the energy it will require: We are similar enough for the world-facing activities, and know how to deal with each other on the inside-facing ones. We have had important disagreements so far in the project history (eg. the FSF: GFDL freeness / Debian's non-free taints us all). Neither them nor us is completely right - And we work together in the bigger order, although we bitch loudly towards the inside.
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