Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2007 17:43 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Microsoft Microsoft has announced that it will not be releasing any new versions of its Visual FoxPro development software past Version 9.0, but the company will continue to support the technology through 2015. Instead of releasing new versions of FoxPro, Microsoft will release core portions of the FoxPro software to its CodePlex community development site, said Alan Griver, a group manager within the Microsoft Visual Studio team, which leads the FoxPro team.
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RE[2]: Open Source?
by tomcat on Wed 14th Mar 2007 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Open Source?"
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

Clue phone for you: MS is a business, and they wouldn't remain profitable if they gave away source code for products which people currently pay for. And, before pull examples such as Red Hat and Novell out of your rear, those companies don't give away all their source code.

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RE[3]: Open Source?
by sbergman27 on Wed 14th Mar 2007 18:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Source?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Clue phone for you:
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And, before pull examples such as Red Hat and Novell out of your rear, those companies don't give away all their source code.
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RedHat does, very scrupulously. Novell does not.

Maybe you should have kept your clue phone. ;-)

Edited 2007-03-14 19:01

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RE[3]: Open Source?
by twenex on Wed 14th Mar 2007 18:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Source?"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Clue phone for you: MS is a business, and they wouldn't remain profitable if they gave away source code for products which people currently pay for.

Clue phone for you: You wouldn't pay extra to get your car-hood unbolted. People DO pay for open source software.

What kind of nurk do you have to be not to understand that in 2007?

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RE[4]: Open Source?
by WorknMan on Wed 14th Mar 2007 21:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Open Source?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Clue phone for you: You wouldn't pay extra to get your car-hood unbolted. People DO pay for open source software.

Do they? Or are they paying for the hardware and/or services/support that goes along with it? Microsoft, unlike Redhat (in this context anyway) is in the software industry, not the services industry. And when you make money on selling software (not hardware or support), it's kind of hard to do that when you're giving it away.

Edited 2007-03-14 21:31

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RE[3]: Open Source?
by Sphinx on Wed 14th Mar 2007 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Source?"
Sphinx Member since:
2005-07-09

Set your clue phone on vibrate, keeps going off and annoying the other readers.

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RE[3]: Open Source?
by boots on Wed 14th Mar 2007 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Open Source?"
boots Member since:
2005-07-06

@tomcat: Clue phone rang-back for you -- Microsoft does not give away software on the same scale as Novell or Red Hat. Further, both of those other vendors (and many others like them) give away very large portions of their software catalog for which people are still paying good dollars for. Moreso, "give away" has a completely different meaning to Microsoft than it does to those other vendors.

So your point is based on a fallacy and the "clue phone" bit was really uncalled for, IMO.

Try again?

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