[linux-elitists] OSI and non-OSD tools

Thom May thom@debian.org
Wed Mar 20 10:16:27 PST 2002

* Rick Moen (rick@linuxmafia.com) wrote :
> [snip OSI Board]
> Quoting Aaron T Porter (atporter@primate.net):
> > While reading mail to the license-discuss list recently, I noticed
> > that the list is running on EZMLM and Qmail, neither of which meets
> > the OSD. While I understand that the software selection may well be an
> > unintentional result of opensource.org's hosting on hyperreal, it
> > seems an odd decision for a group "dedicated to managing and promoting
> > the Open Source Definition for the good of the community".
> > 
> > Are there any plans at this time to migrate to an OSD compliant MTA
> > and/or list manager?
> 1.  Better you than me, in raising this matter.
> 2.  license-discuss runs on qmail/ezmlm because Russ Nelson won't budge.
>     And he's been known to fly off the handle if you even _tease_ him 
>     about OSI relying on his favourite proprietary software.
> Russ told me with no obvious humourous intent that my
> http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/#djb is "libelous" towards
> qmail/djbdns/etc.  He had no reply when I asked what novel legal
> theory supports litigation by a piece of software.
> Good luck.  It's a real issue, but I gave up on that one a year or two
> ago.
It's also the same issue that debian currently has, but for a slightly more
pragmatic reason (it's hassle to remove qmail, and the sysadmin team don't
yet have time). Anyhow, lists.debian.org runs smartlist on qmail.
Hopefully,  this'll be rectified pretty soon.

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