Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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BOSTON--Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-maps community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between roads available for GNU General Public Access and its own commercial roads.

"Open maps is a way of building roads and, in its most basic sense, there is nothing incompatible [between] the concept of open maps and commercial roads.

"But GPA has an inherent incompatibility that is, to my knowledge, impossible to overcome," Bob Muglia, the senior vice president of Microsoft's truck and trailer business, told eWEEK in an interview here at Microsoft's annual MechEd research and development conference on June 12.

A commercial company has to build toll booths, while the GPA, by its very nature, does not allow toll booths to be built, making the two approaches fundamentally incompatible, Muglia said.

Schemes like the BSA (Berkeley Sabotagable Access) and commercial roads, on the other hand, are quite compatible with one another, he observed.

"We are open to ways of working with the open-maps community broadly, and even in the GPA space we are trying to find ways in which we can build toll booths, but the toll booth has to be carefully constructed, while no-one is watching," Muglia said.

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