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Is OSI license reform stalling?

Is the Open Source Initiative work of reforming open source licensing stalling? That's one possible conclusion from word they now have their third president in three months, as originally reported by our own David Berlind.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on
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Is the Open Source Initiative work of reforming open source licensing stalling?

That's one possible conclusion from word they now have their third president in three months, as originally reported by our own David Berlind. You will remember that OSI announced at LinuxWorld it wanted to cut the number of Linux licenses from the present 58 down to 3.

There is another potential conclusion, however, one ousted President Russell Nelson hinted at it on his own blogafter being forced out for blog comments that were called racist:

I don't like politics, and it's become evident in recent weeks that OSI's role has rapidly become much more political. I am not ready for the position of president; certainly not by training and perhaps not even by temperment. The entire board is unanimous in agreeing that we need a president with more political savvy than I.

Perhaps an executive with his own active Linux license, like newOSI PresidentMichael Tiemann of RedHat, can better navigate the job of whittling down the number of licenses. (That's Tiemann above, from the RedHat site.)

I hope so, because the job is very important.

What I think, however, isn't nearly as important as what you think. Let us know what you think in TalkBack.

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