OSI cracks down on non open source open source

I blogged about what I call visible source software recently after attending a Gartner conference and talking with Mark Driver where he said he thought companies were abusing the term "open source" and that he would likely be calling out such abuses in the future.

From reading ZDNet's Between the Lines it sounds like the OSI is similarly inclined and is putting their foot down more strongly. In his blog on open source CRM, Michael Tiemann says:
So here's what I propose: let's all agree--vendors, press, analysts, and others who identify themselves as community members--to use the term 'open source' to refer to software licensed under an OSI-approved license.
This is nearly identical to what Mark said when we talked several weeks ago and I believe is a good move. Let's not allow those with less than honorable intentions abuse the term "open source" to try to benefit from the open source "brand", so that customers and users can trust those that are genuinely providing open source software.

Comments:

A local SF Bay Area radio station bills itself as "open source radio" which really irks me since as best I can tell, there is nothing open about it. (http://www.kyouradio.com/)

Posted by guest on June 26, 2007 at 04:47 AM PDT #

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