Please feel free to contribute and discuss.
What openness means to us...
- We follow any licenses imposed on the upstream software we use
- The code and patches we produce (our "original contributions") are Open Source, using the BSD license wherever possible
- We do not accept any patches or contributions that do not meet the above criteria
- From wiktionary
- (computing) the degree of accessibility to view, use, and modify computer code in a shared environment with legal rights generally held in common and preventing proprietary restrictions on the right of others to continue viewing, using, modifying and sharing that code
- (Systems) the degree to which a system operates with distinct boundaries across which exchange occurs capable of inducing change in the system while maintaining the boundaries themselves
And what it doesn't mean to us...
- We don't think that every piece of closed-source software is evil in all cases
(read: as long as it works, we are fine with using small portions of licensed Apple closed-source software if no alternative exists)
- Open Source is not "the" solution, but "a" solution or at least "a part of the" solution.