Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jan 2008 21:31 UTC, submitted by WillM
Microsoft "For years, the poster child of the anti-open source movement was Microsoft, with its proprietary software model. In recent years, however, the company has changed its views, starting an open source software lab to work on interoperability issues. It's even become a purveyor of its own open source-approved licenses. What do these efforts mean? For Sam Ramji, Microsoft's director of open source technology strategy, they indicate the company is 'open' for business."
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Anything that works . . .
by RedIcculus on Sat 26th Jan 2008 16:47 UTC
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Microsoft will do anything, include courting open-source, as long as it helps keep a firm grip on their monopoly.

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RE: Anything that works . . .
by mabhatter on Sun 27th Jan 2008 20:36 in reply to "Anything that works . . ."
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Exactly, if you look closely at Microsoft's licenses they basically forbid you from using programs included in Microsoft products to replace other Microsoft products or services. You can write anything and give it away for free, but the license pretty much locks that program to windows platforms only.

Like the guy a while back that reimplemented some feature for Visual Studio. The feature was in the more expensive version program, basically disabled but included AFTER he wrote a free version, and because his program "touched" some DLLs that Microsoft installs on your machine but reserves for "their" use only, they made him pull the software even though I believe his was first, or something a normal user wouldn't have seen.

Their license will only be "free" as long as it doesn't step on THEIR toes, then they'll cut you off for "using their IP wrong". For corporate developers with the big bottle of kool-aide license agreements this is probably a good thing to have lots of resources with licenses that are free and sanctioned so it looks good to the execs. For fans of OSS it's useless.

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