[Owasp-leaders] Use of proprietary software was SVG/AI/EPS

Tony Turner tony.turner at owasp.org
Sat Nov 10 18:02:52 UTC 2012

Requiring OWASP'ers to use open software is in and of itself restrictive.
Shouldn't we have the freedom to create using whatever tools work best for
On Nov 10, 2012 12:53 PM, "Dennis Groves" <dennis.groves at owasp.org> wrote:

> Cheers to all,
> I was drafting a blog post about this very issue, I will instead post this
> email message on my blog as it seems timely to express my opinion now.
> All of OWASP materials are licensed for community use. OWASP has carefully
> chosen licenses that ensure the community will always have the freedom to
> exercise a right to share, and remix those materials.
> However, many of those resources are created with proprietary software, or
> are in proprietary formats. This creates a problem because the community
> license is not exercisable by all members of the community; because we do
> not all have access to the necessary proprietary software.
> In our community I think we need to be extra careful to prevent this loss
> of rights. By requiring that work be done in freely available software, we
> ensure that everybody, everywhere at any time can exercise those rights and
> thus prevent the dilemma.
>    - Graphics should be done in GIMP; not Photoshop.
>    - Pagelayout in Scribus not Indesign.
>    - Libre/Open Office not Microsoft Office.
>    - Firefox not IE or Safari
> When we do not follow this principle, we deprive members of OWASP from
> exercising the very licenses OWASP choose to ensure the members of the
> community can exercise those rights. I further think we need to extend that
> requirement to our commercial relationships as well. When we do follow this
> principle, we ensure that people who follow us can exercise their rights.
> It is really sad that we have people who want to do things to make OWASP
> better, and we have given them licenses and empowered them with the
> authority to do so; and they are prevented from doing so by the use of
> proprietary software and formats.
> Cheers,
> Dennis
> --
> Dennis Groves <http://about.me/dennis.groves>, MSc
> Email me, <dennis.groves at owasp.org> or schedule a meeting<http://goo.gl/8sPIy>
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