Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2006 23:43 UTC, submitted by snozzberry
Microsoft This whitepaper from a RIP vendor summarizes the technology behind Vista's XPS document format [.pdf] and its implementation as a print engine as compared to the current GDI in Windows XP. Will it suffer on non-Microsoft platforms, even if its specifications will be open, and how does it compare in methods and goals to Apple's PDF-based Quartz rendering engine?
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Royalty free and sublicensable
by gustl on Wed 1st Mar 2006 14:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You're missing the point..."
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For a format to be suppoerted by any open source software, the specification license and the patent licenses have to be royalty free AND sublicensable.

If the spec and patent licenses are not sublicenseable you are not allowed to license your software as open source to anybody else, because that licensing would need to include a license for the patents and specs.

Please do not think that the BSD licensed software is in some way different in that regard.

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