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A quick & dirty draft
Author: Eric Kidd Posted: 8/23/2000; 10:47:08 AM Topic: Next survey: Are you an open source developer? Msg #: 19977 (In response to 19964) Prev/Next: 19976 / 19978
Let's do this. Discuss the issues here without designing the survey. Leave that up to Eric and me. We'll do our best to ask a meaningful question without making it so complex that people get confused.
OK, Dave. I'm going to post some draft ideas to get people talking. This is totally provisional, so please make suggestions of your own. I'll post new drafts as needed.
These choices are still a little bit complex. How could we simplify them?
- I've never released any software.
- I've released software, but not as open source.
- I've released open source software. However, I have nothing against proprietary software.
- I've released open source software. In addition, I'm ideologically opposed to all proprietary software.
Yes, the last two choices do include a second question, one about politics. Dave, do you care about making this distinction?
If not, we can fold the last two choices into one.
What Do We Mean By "Open Source"?
We're using the standard definition. If you've ever released software in the public domain, or under the X, BSD, GPL, LGPL, MPL, or similar license, then you should answer yes.
If you prefer the term "free software" to "open source", please say yes anyway. And if you prefer to use a third term, that's OK, too.
One important caveat: If you own patents on your software, please answer no.
(If you've agreed--in writing--to some sort of mutual defense system, then your patents are OK, because you can only use them against people who sued you first.)
OK, Dave. This is just a draft. I want you tear it apart and make your own suggestions.
I'll listen to what everybody says, and write another draft.
There are responses to this message:
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Zac, 8/23/2000; 10:58:07 AM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, David Brown, 8/23/2000; 11:25:45 AM
- The GPL is not open source., Brett Glass, 8/23/2000; 11:29:19 AM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Matthew Barger, 8/23/2000; 12:11:58 PM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Greg Kroah-Hartman, 8/23/2000; 1:24:59 PM
- Pardon the multiple posts:could someone delete them?, Rahul, 8/23/2000; 1:36:17 PM
- , Rahul, 8/23/2000; 1:38:36 PM
- My notion of what is open source, Rahul, 8/23/2000; 1:38:42 PM
- Patents, Open Source & Server-side Development, Will Iverson, 8/23/2000; 2:28:40 PM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Robert Palmer Jr, 8/23/2000; 2:58:52 PM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Richard Katz, 8/23/2000; 6:35:09 PM
- The Burtonian Matrix, Doc Searls, 8/23/2000; 6:37:02 PM
- Re: A quick & dirty draft, Jonathan Shore, 8/23/2000; 6:52:45 PM
- An artist who programs speaks up, Patrick Connors, 8/23/2000; 8:55:28 PM
- What the doctors think, , 8/24/2000; 12:20:47 AM
- Degree of open source developers, Ken MacLeod, 8/24/2000; 10:04:04 AM
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