Open source licenses slashed

The Open Source Initiative is starting its programme of slashing the number of open-source licenses

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is starting its programme of slashing the number of different open-source licenses in use.

The OSI is concerned that a burgeoning number of licenses in use is making it harder for developers to produce and market new open source software innovations.

The OSI, which gives official open source status to licenses, plans to give preferred status to only a small number of the 50 types of license it has approved over the years.

No decisions on which licenses will be given preferred status have so far been made.

The OSI board has also formerly adopted three new provisions that must be met by new licenses. Licenses must now be clearly written and easy to understand, be reusable, and not be duplicates of existing licenses.

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