For all those who have been asking, the Halloween Documents are
available on my website.
They were removed from the Open Source Initiative website, against my advice, a couple of weeks back.
Having studied the history of other advocacy organizations and seen the traps they fall into, I specifically designed OSI not to be a founder-centered cult of personality; I think OSI’s decision to distance itself from the documents in order to look more “professional” was a mistake, but the open-source community is healthier because they had the power to make that mistake.
And for those of you who questioned the timing: the decision was made in February 2005, months before
Microsoft started making kissy-face noises in OSI’s direction. (Yeah, you can tell how much I think
that’s going to mean in the longer run.)