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Open source licence pruning about to begin

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As the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is readying a group to tackle the issues of licence proliferation, earlier proposals to solve the problem have fallen into disgrace, vnunet.com has learnt.

The OSI is likely to promote a few licences that it feels are best at serving specific needs, OSI president Michael Tiemann and chief technology officer for Red Hat, told vnunet.com in an interview at the Red Hat Summit in New Orleans. It can't, however, retract existing open source licences to weed out any useless ones.

"A consensus will form and say 'here are the best practices, and here are the 2nd best practices'. And here are places where everybody is walking up hill and it would be so much easier if we made changes," he said.

Another option could be that the OSI creates a new class of open source licences to differentiate the good and the bad ones.

"We may come up with some new marks that say: this is open source preferred or not so preferred," said Tiemann.

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