.:: OSD change log ::.
*1.0 identical to DFSG, except for addition of MPL and QPL to clause
*1.1 added LGPL to clause 10.
*1.2 added public-domain to clause 10.
*1.3 retitled clause 10 and split off the license list,
adding material on procedures.
*1.4 Now explicit about source code requirement for PD software.
*1.5 allow "reasonable reproduction cost" to meet GPL terms.
*1.6 Edited section 10; this material has moved.
*1.7 Section 10 replaced with new "Conformance" section.
*1.8 Section 1: replaced "may not" with "shall not".
*1.9 Section 9: removed rationale referring to the action of the GPL as
* Section 10 added.
* Site History
.:: Conformance to the OSD ::.
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We think the Open Source Definition captures what the great majority
of the software community originally meant, and still mean, by the
term "Open Source". However, the term has become widely used and
its meaning has lost some precision. The OSI
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The Board of Directors of OSI consists of the following people
(in no particular order, except the board president is listed first):
- Russell Nelson - President (PGP key)
- Russell Nelson has been giving away his software since he started
writing it in 1974. Prior to his GPLed Freemacs package, there
weren't many people to distribute it to. He really came to the fore
with his Packet Driver Collection, begun while a staff member at
Clarkson University. A GPLed set of DOS Ethernet drivers, they
arguably put GPL'ed software on more CPUs than anything prior to
Linux. McDonalds uses them in their cash registers, so they're
literally a world-wide phenomenon. Supporting free software full-time
since 1991, Russell lives and works at home in Potsdam, NY, where he's trying
to figure out how to share his 384Kbps connection with his neighbors wirelessly
- Eric S. Raymond
- Founder & President Emeritus (PGP key)
- Eric designed the language and marketing tactics around which the OSI was formed. He and Bruce Perens co-founded the organization. Eric lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Michael Tiemann - Vice President
- Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. He made his first major open source contribution over a decade ago by writing the GNU C++ compiler, the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger. His early work created world-leading technologies and also informed the first open source business model. In 1989, Tiemann's technical expertise and entreprenurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions,
the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping to lead the company from a fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader. Tiemann is now the CTO
of Red Hat, a leading supplier of Linux and Open Source software. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Tiemann serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative, the Embedded Linux Consortium, the Jabber Technical Advisory Board, the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of ActiveState Tool Corp. Tiemann also provides financial support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ArsDigita Foundation.
- Danese Cooper - Secretary/Treasurer
- Danese Cooper has a 10-year history in the software industry and has long
been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Danese has been
working for the last three years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on
the development of the various Open Source programs sponsored by Sun
(including OpenOffice.org, NetBeans
and JXTA to name but three). She has unique experience implementing Open
Source projects within a large
proprietary company. She speaks internationally on Open Source and
- Ken Coar (PGP key)
- Ken Coar is a director and Vice President of the Apache Software
Foundation. He has over two
decades of experience with network software and applications, system
administration, system programming, process analysis, technical
support, and computer security. Ken knows more than a dozen programming
languages, but mostly writes in Perl, PHP, and C. He has worked with the
World-Wide Web since 1992, been involved with Apache since 1996, is a
member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and is involved in the
project to develop Internet RFCs for CGI. He is the author of 'Apache Server
for Dummies' and co-author of 'Apache Server Unleashed' and 'Apache
Cookbook'. He gives presentations around the world on Apache, open software,
and distributed development. He somewhat spastically maintains a Web log,
'The Rodent's Burrow', at http://Ken.Coar.Org/burrow/.
- Mark Radcliffe - General Counsel
- Mark Radcliffe is a partner with DLA Piper and he is resident in the firm's Silicon Valley office. He focuses on representing clients in intellectual property and finance matters. He has extensive experience helping companies identify, protect and exploit their IP, and he has worked with U.S.-based clients and large international companies. In 1997, the /National Law Journal /named Mr. Radcliffe one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States. In 1998, Harvard Law School designated him a "Distinguished Alumni." Mr. Radcliffe was named in the /International Whos Who of e-Commerce Lawyers /(2nd Edition). He has spoken at major conferences and industry presentations, including OSBC and OSCON, about open source and other intellectual property issues. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry, /magna cum laude/, from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981.
- Laura Majerus - Director of Legal Affairs
- Laura Majerus is a partner in the intellectual property group of
Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. She was a
computer programmer before going to law school and has been
counseling clients in the intellectual property area for over
seventeen years. She specializes in the fields of patent law and
open source licensing. She received her B.S. in computer science
from the University of Iowa in 1979 and her M.S. in computer
science from the University of Iowa in 1987. She received her J.D.
with distinction from the University of Iowa in 1987. Ms. Majerus
is admitted to practice in Iowa, the District of Columbia, and
California. She has written and lectured widely in the
intellectual property and open source areas.
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