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 .:: OSI News - Nov 28 2002 ::.

*Nov 13, 2002: Sybase Open Watcom Public Licenses, OCLC Research Public License & wxWindows Library License released. Open Software License & Academic Free License updated.

*Nov 7, 2002: There is a new white paper on the dangers of Microsoft's "shared source" program.

*Nov 2002, the latest Halloween document is released!

*Oct 2002, the Bahasa Melayu Translation of the OSD is now available.

*Sept 2002, the Open Software License is added to the OSI certified list of licenses.

*Sept 2002, the Turkish translation of the OSD is now available.

*Aug 2002, the Attribution Assurance License is approved by the board for the "approved license" list.

*July 2002, OSI approves the Academic Free License as meeting the Open Source Definition.

*July 2002, The Open Source Initiative will hold its July meeting at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. The public is invited to attend.

*June 2002, The MITRE Corporation publishes its paper on A Business Case Study of Open Source Software.

*June 2002, Open Source & OSI-Certified marks launched! HTML & Print (color) instructions. Read about our Certification Program.

*May 2002, Peruvian Congressman DR. EDGAR DAVID VILLANUEVA NUÑEZ exposes Microsoft FUD against open source for what it is: empty. Here.

*April 2002, The University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License is approved by the OSI board.

*February 2002, The Zope Public License is approved by the OSI board.

*December 2001: We are looking for folks to translate the Open Source Definition into other languages. Please contact the webmaster. Instructions are here.

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The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.

We in the open source community have learned that this rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see the source and everybody else must blindly use an opaque block of bits.

Open Source Initiative exists to make this case to the commercial world.

Open source software is an idea whose time has finally come. For twenty years it has been building momentum in the technical cultures that built the Internet and the World Wide Web. Now it's breaking out into the commercial world, and that's changing all the rules. Are you ready?

This site is still evolving as we think through the implications of open source in the commercial world. We don't claim to have all the answers yet, so mail us with your thoughts and criticisms. Also, please send us URLs of articles and papers on commercial trials of the open source model, on open source software including such packages as Linux and Apache, and related topics.

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