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March 2019 License-Discuss Summary

In March, the License-Discuss mailing list discussed:

  • the Cryptographic Autonomy License
    • its interactions with the GDPR
    • how public performance applies to software
  • the License-Review process
    • views on tone and conduct on the list
    • the list's role in the license review process
    • problems with email, and alternative tools
    • whether a PEP-style process might help
  • whether licenses should be drafted without legal assistance
  • and more

Run-off Election Results

After a tie in the 2019 OSI Board of Directors election between Christine Hall, and Mariatta Wijaya, a run-off election was required. The run-off election ran from March 18th, through March 25th, 2019, resulting in a victory for Christine Hall, by a slim margin of only two votes.

Christine Hall, 96
Mariatta Wijaya, 94

Software Freedom Conservancy Becomes an Open Source Initiative Affiliate Member

Palo Alto, CA - March 14, 2019The Software Freedom Conservancy joins long list of Open Source Initiative Affiliate Members

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the founding organization of the open source software movement, is excited to announce the Affiliate Membership of the Software Freedom Conservancy. "Conservancy", a public charity, that works to promote, improve, develop, and defend free and open source projects. Conservancy provides a home and infrastructure for projects such as Git, Godot Engine, Inkscape, Outreachy, Samba, and many more. Conservancy's support allows free and open source software developers to focus on what they do best—writing and improving code for the general public—while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.

The Value of Open Source Software In Higher Education

Apereo was founded around a mission to support educational institutions “…collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research". Open source software is at the heart of what Apereo is and does. Why do we believe open source is so important for education?

January 2019 License-Review Summary

In January, the License-Review mailing list discussed:

  • the new license review process
  • Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)
  • Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.3 (C-FSL v1.3)
    • What are the problems with Original Authors?
    • How is the C-FSL different from CLAs or permissive licenses?
    • Why is the publication requirement a problem?
    • Can the C-FSL be OSI-approved?
  • Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.4 (C-FSL v1.4)

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