Similar discussion list but not only for Europe?

David Gerard dgerard at
Mon Mar 9 16:48:30 UTC 2009

2009/3/9  <list at>:

> I consider this license as an "edge cases". One of very few!
> So, while it is a fact that the OSI accepted it while the FSF rejected it,
> it doesn't mean, that they are far apart. There's not only black and white.
> That also doesn't mean that they are all equal in my view. There are
> differences between the FSF and the OSI, and I clearly prefer the position
> of the FSF in most cases. But that doesn't mean that I see the OSI as an
> opponent. They are surely not "also interested in non-free licenses as well".
> The FSF just found a bug in this case, which the OSI didn't see.

Indeed. And take the case of the Netscape Public License - the FSF
accepted it as 'free software', but the OSI rejected it because it
gave too many special rights to Netscape. Does that mean the OSI cares
more about the user's freedom than the FSF does?

- d.

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