Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 23:25 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft After the iPhone's success with the easy installation of applications using the iPhone App Store, more and more companies have tried to implement similar application delivery models in other markets. The most recent example is Microsoft, who has launched a sot of app store for... Open source server software. Yes, you read that right.
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by raver31 on Tue 24th Mar 2009 00:11 UTC
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So what ?

Microsoft decides to include open source software in the repositories and eweek decide this is a story ?

It is open source so anyone is free to distribute it, as long as they dont claim they OWN it. These rights also include Microsoft's rights to distribute it as well.

Maybe Microsoft realise that they cannot charge customers for each and every piece of software, much as they would like to, but to actively promote giving away software might make one or two people stick with Windows a while longer, rather than make the jump to Linux, BSD or another open source system.

Microsoft should neither be applauded nor reprimanded for this move, it is simply another service.

Edited 2009-03-24 00:12 UTC

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