Open Source Computing

Week 9, Mar 23

This week's reporting assignment is individual.

The Katharos License

Another ethical license:

Katharos is the Greek word for "pure" and, correspondingly, the purpose of the Katharos license is to prevent the licensed work from being used to promote destructive activities or to produce other impure or destructive works. ...

The definition of what is "good" can be considered highly subjective.... The source of "truth" for the Katharos License, and where the definition of what is "good" and "pure", come from the Word of God, The Holy Bible.

Here's a draft of the actual license:

There is a serious issue here with enforceability: US courts generally refuse to interpret the Bible.

OpenSSL has an issue.

"What's up with these new not-open source licenses?"

The blogger, Justin Colannino, seems to think that the licenses at issue here are not "open source", but rather are "source available". However, these licenses are still "open source" in the sense in which that is generally understood; it's just that the licenses are not recognized by the Open Source Initiative.

Colannino is discussing for-profit "open source" that follows the open-core model, or the dual-license model where the primary license is, say, GPL (or AGPL). At the end of his post he expresses the concern that "you may face the for-profit company relicensing to protect its business". But generally companies are not doing that to direct adopters; rather, the common enemy in these new licenses is Amazon.

It is worth it to review the Open Source Initiative guidelines at All the Anti-Amazon licenses I've looked at do appear to be OSI-compliant.

Open-source management

Pick up with Matt Butcher's social notes on BD

Cathedral v Bazaar