Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Feb 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by WillM
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Does Microsoft have an open-source strategy - beyond finding new ways to thwart Linux and other non-proprietary wares? Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Director of Platform Technology Strategy and the company's Open Source Software Lab, says it does. I met with Ramji last week when he was passing through New York on his way to Europe, and had a chance to ask him to provide a succinct definition of what Microsoft means when it refers to its own 'open-source strategy'."
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If they were really after FOSS...
by marpaco on Fri 1st Feb 2008 22:01 UTC
marpaco
Member since:
2006-01-01

How about a copy of SQL Server that could be hosted on Linux or FreeBSD? How about licensing the .NET Framework under X11/MIT or BSD license?

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

How about a copy of SQL Server that could be hosted on Linux or FreeBSD?


Microsoft's definition of "open source" is far closer to mySQL's definition than the one you're proposing; that is, corporate customers can see the code, but that's about it.

How about licensing the .NET Framework under X11/MIT or BSD license?


Because the definition of "open source" is larger than just those licenses.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Microsoft's definition of "open source" is far closer to mySQL's definition than the one you're proposing; that is, corporate customers can see the code, but that's about it."

Everyone can see the code to MySQL.

http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html#source

Where did you get the idea you couldn't? Microsoft will only show the code to paying corporate customers, where anyone can get the mySQL code. Big difference don't you think?

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