[Linux-aus] Who defines Open Source?

Paul Shirren shirro at shirro.com
Wed Feb 8 08:21:02 UTC 2006

Avi Miller wrote:
> Essentially, I'm trying to determine who (or what) determines whether or 
> not a licence is Open Source or not.

The Open Source Initiative http://www.opensource.org/ holds the 
trademark on open source, and they define what open source is at 

The Free Software Foundation http://www.gnu.org/ defines what Free 
Software is at http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html. The FSF 
definition is more restrictive, so while Free Software qualifies as Open 
Source, Open Source is necessarily Free Software.

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