View Full Version : I think Exhibit B was the elephant in the room!

11-30-2006, 01:16 AM
Over the past few of weeks, the debate on badgeware (http://www.nicholasgoodman.com/bt/blog/2006/11/15/open-source-has-a-little-secret-exhibit-b/) has percolated to a real public debate on if they meet the OSD.
Matt Asay asserts that forced UI attribution license (aka badgeware) are open source on his blog. (http://asay.blogspot.com/2006/10/attribution-and-full-blooded-open.html)
Ajeen Narayan wants to know if APL is actually open source. Asks OSI to comment. (http://www.archivesat.com/Open_Source_License_discussions/thread2024573.htm)
I submit WPL to OSI for approval to get a determination if Exhibit B is congruent with OSD (http://www.archivesat.com/Open_Source_License_discussions/thread2100321.htm).
I blog about the ramifications of a world where forced UI attribution (Exhibit B) is kosher. (http://www.nicholasgoodman.com/bt/blog/2006/11/15/open-source-has-a-little-secret-exhibit-b/)
David Berlind blogs at ZDNet Are SugarCRM, Socialtext, Zimbra, Scalix and others abusing the term “open source?”
(http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/index.php?p=3430)GOOD ARTICLE! Covers the business rationale but clearly identifies the issues.
John Roberts (from SugarCRM) who was the first to use badgeware responds to the article here. (http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-10532-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=27628&messageID=520377&start=-23)
Danese Cooper (OSI Board member) blogs about the board is about to consider Attribution Licenses. (http://danesecooper.blogs.com/divablog/2006/11/osi_board_consi.html)
Ross Mayfield of SocialText blogs (http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2006/11/socialtext_prop.html) about his proposed “attribution” rider to any OSI approved license. (http://www.socialtext.net/stoss/index.cgi?attribution_memo)Great! Finally… A real debate on whether or not “badgeware” is open source!
PS - I just picked up the term badgeware. I like that better than my slightly one side “forced UI attribution.”

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