Thursday, September 02, 2004
ASF Rejects Sender ID / del.icio.us Down
The Apache Software Foundation has written an open letter to the MARID IETF Working Group, stating that the license under which Sender ID is being distributed is incompatible with the Apache License 2.0.
Says the letter:
The current Microsoft Royalty-Free Sender ID Patent License Agreement terms are a barrier to any ASF project which wants to implement Sender ID. We believe the current license is generally incompatible with open source, contrary to the practice of open Internet standards, and specifically incompatible with the Apache License 2.0. Therefore, we will not implement or deploy Sender ID under the current license terms.
While the direct practical impact of this is likely to be little to none, especially in the short term, having a vote of no confidence registered so early in the game by a an entity with a list of members like this one doesn't bode all that well for happy community acceptance.
del.icio.us is down, don't know why. I've only been using it for a week or two, and it's already frightening and alien for me to not be able to drop a link there (and thereby into the feed for this blog) with a single click. Damn. The world is just conspiring to drive me completely insane this week.