here's the link
Posted Jan 27, 2010 1:02 UTC (Wed) by BrucePerens
In reply to: here's the link
Parent article: Red Hat launches opensource.com
I think it's fair to say that OSI's site doesn't state the history accurately. The folks at the meeting at VA Linux Systems (which I didn't attend - I became involved the next day) were interested in promoting Free Software to business, but as far as I can tell the deprecation of RMS and his philosophy was not on their agenda. If you look at the list of attendees, especially folks like Maddog, many of them are still today pretty sympathetic to Free Software.
The next day the whole thing was introduced to me as marketing Free Software to business. The fact that Eric later engaged in some RMS deprecation was unfortunate and of course never something I wanted or approved of. It should be viewed as Eric's activity, not that of the Open Source initiative.
There is some other statement of history that I dispute on that site. For example, the O'Reilly conference which they seem to view as important in acceptance of Open Source actually came a while after Open Source was announced, and IMO really wasn't important.
And you know full well that the OSD is the Debian Free Software Guidelines with a new title, and even RMS approved of it at the time, so why the heck are you dumping on it?
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