The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has replaced its present and appointed Red Hat's Michael Tiemann as interim president.
Open Source Initiative is best known as the organisation that ratifies software licences as being officially open source. The organisation has come under fire from nearly the entire open source software industry including Novell, Computer Associates and HP for being too lenient in how it approves licences.
The final straw seems to have been the approval of Sun Microsystems' CDDL licence last January. The licence was used to open the source code of Solaris. But CDDL is considered to be too restrictive, acting against the spirit of open source.
At Linuxworld in Boston, Novell CEO Jack Messman told vnunet.com: "Sun is open sourcing Solaris on its own terms. That's not open source."
In summary, the critics claim that the OSI's approval process should look at how a new licence benefits the open source community instead of running the licence against a checklist.
The OSI will add additional members and expand its board. After which it will start to evaluate the licensing process.
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