When writing earlier this week about Adobe's sponsoring of the SQLite project, I ran into a complicated issue: is software released into the public domain also open-source software?
I have an editor who hates headlines with question marks, but I'm afraid this time it's appropriate, because even experts disagree.
For background, software or other material in the public domain simply means that it's not copyrighted. Requirements to meet the official Open Source Definition are listed by the Open Source Initiative. Two programmers, Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens, founded the OSI about 10 years ago to formalize … Read more