Open Source Definition


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Open Source Definition

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(OSD) Definition of distribution terms for open source software, promoted by the Open Source Initiative.

http://opensource.org/osd.html.

Open Source Definition

A defined set of requirements for open source software from the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The Open Source Definition (OSD) stipulates not only access to the source code, but also integrity of the code, its free redistribution, a technology-neutral provision, as well as specific anti-discrimination rules. To read the definition, visit www.opensource.org/docs/osd. See OSI and open source.
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34) The OSI's approval process works as follows: The license author submits the license in HTML format, posts it on a public website, and provides an analysis of how the license conforms to the Open Source Definition.
This leads to an idea that may be anathema to some open-source advocates because it doesn't adhere to the Open Source Definition, but that may have some merit, especially for large companies wanting to leverage some of the principles behind open source without committing to full free software redistribution, most notably by potential competitors.
Meanwhile, Perens, author of the Open Source Definition, was claimed by McBride - using a misquoted reference to a ComputerWire article - to have admitted that SCO Unix System V code was now in Linux.

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