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Questions tagged [osi]

For questions about the Open Source Initiative and its relationship to free and open projects.

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Understanding “License Must Not Be Specific to a Product” OSS Guidelines

The copy reads: The rights attached to the program must not depend on the program's being part of a particular software distribution. If the program is extracted from that distribution and used ...
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SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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Is there a license that restricts interpretation of the source except to documentation?

I was reading an issue on python-patterns' GitHub repo. Where it was asked Really? I mean, these are simple snippets showing design patterns for learning purposes, none of this code is usable as it ...
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OSI approved License similar to CC BY-SA 4.0

What's the most recommended OSI approved license (here's the list) closest to our current license is Creative Commonns Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International? Also, why aren't the Creative Commons ...
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What significance & advantages does the OSI say about open source?

At the Philosophy of the GNU Project, there is one page Why we must insist on free software which states the importance/significance and advantages of free software. So, I want to know what OSI ...
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What does the Open Source Initiative say about proprietary software?

I found that FSF considers proprietary software to be unethical (bold emphasis mine): Proprietary Software Is Often Malware Proprietary software, also called nonfree software, means software ...
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Are there any licenses considered free by the OSI and not by the FSF and Vice Versa? [duplicate]

Are there any licenses considered free by the OSI and not by the FSF and Vice Versa? They both seem to further the same point, and all the licenses I saw they both agreed that it was either free or ...
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What is the OSI's Open Standard?

I believe that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has something called the Open Standard. What is the Open Standard, and what is its purpose?
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Does a license needs to be approved by the OSI to be an open source license?

The Open Source Initiative has created the Open Source Definition to define what open source is. Also it has set up a formal process to approve licenses to be open source. Now, does a license need ...
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Can I use the OSI logo to help me advertise my project?

Suppose I want to release a software program to the App Store, under an open source license. As I want to increase the number of downloads, I want to advertise that the software is an Open Source ...
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Is there a term that means “Free Software and/*or* Open Source (Software)”?

The term Free Software is typically associated with software licensed under an FSF-approved license (The Free Software Definition), and the term Open Source (Software) is typically associated with ...
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Is OSI approval important for a license?

I've heard an open source license described as "popular and OSI-approved". To that, someone asks: Is OSI approval important? which is a great — and important — question in its own right. So, is ...