No Discrimination

In these uneasy times I just want to remind to all these passionate activists around that there are other ethical points beyond any given "today thing" even when the today thing is truly horrible.

The Open Source Definition states that open-source software must comply with the following criteria:

5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

So whether you are breaking these rules for fun or showing your political position, you should remember:

  • It is not as fun as it seems.

  • You are not hurting the people you hate, you are hurting the open-source community.


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