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[News] Sun's Simon Phipps Explains "Open" Labels

  • Subject: [News] Sun's Simon Phipps Explains "Open" Labels
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 13:16:56 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Truth In Labelling

,----[ Quote ]
| That's about more than just licensing. It also includes 
| factors such as diversity of copyright ownership, 
| representative leadership, use of open standards, patent 
| safety, control of trademarks, openness of governance and 
| more. While measuring such "inputs" can never wholly 
| identify the holistic concept which is software freedom, I 
| am still convinced the next step for open source is to 
| devise "open source definitions" for these other key 
| attributes, so that we can get away from an undefined and 
| loose understanding of an open source business and 
| instead have a more nuanced approach.
| What I would like to see is a move by OSI to create a 
| suite of "open source definitions" against which a 
| business could grade itself, and then indicate how many 
| "stars" they score against the full suite. There would 
| be very, very few businesses able to score a full set of 
| stars, but the transparency of being able to see how 
| companies rate in cultivating (rather just exploiting) 
| software freedom would benefit us all in creating a 
| strong, open market. We could set benchmarks in our 
| procurement guidelines, requiring "no less than a five-
| star rating on the open source benchmark", just as we 
| require ISO9001 and similar ratings. OSI as an 
| organisation is ready for this evolution of its role. 
| Who wants to help make it happen? It's time.


Enabling open core

,----[ Quote ]
| I have lauded the release of vxVistA but I fear that as a 
| FOSS project, it will be stillborn because of the EPL. 
| Users will be forced to choose between vxVistA and the 
| considerable menu of proprietary partners whose patent and 
| proprietary interests are satisfied by the EPL, and a 
| projects where VA VistA is being improved -as a platform-



Linux on the Label!

,----[ Quote ]
| Anyone that uses Linux regularly is familiar with the "Google to see if it
| works under Linux" procedure before buying any hardware. I was thrilled when
| I saw the ad for a USB Atari 2600 joystick clone that had a label on the box
| claiming its Linux compatibility.

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