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Re: OSI affiliation

Jose Luis Rivas <ghostbar@debian.org> writes:

> This is what I asked for before, but what MJ Ray gave me was just one
> license and Josselin didn't answered. And MJ didn't saw a reason for
> making a list.

> There's a lot of "there must be a purge of licenses" arguments, but
> which ones?

Yes, I agree.  If we have concrete issues with the approved licenses, then
we should bring them up.  Now would be a good time, since we've been
invited to join and OSI is therefore going to be receptive to our issues.

If it's just the Apple license, I would question whether our disagreement
over that license is important enough to be a blocker for us taking on an
advisory role.  Most of MJ's objections seemed to me to be on different
grounds than the specific license approvals.

I do think we should, if we join, state publicly (in whatever press
release we generate announcing our membership) that Debian is not adopting
the OSI license review process for Debian and that Debian will continue to
conduct its own license review as we do now, and that we continue to
disagree with OSI in some areas on what licenses should be considered

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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