Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Mar 2008 20:23 UTC, submitted by SomeMicroserf
OSNews, Generic OSes Microsoft has released source code from the Singularity research project onto Codeplex under an academic, non-commercial license. "The Singularity Research Development Kit is based on the Microsoft Research Singularity project. It includes source code, build tools, test suites, design notes, and other background materials. The Singularity RDK is for academic non-commercial use only and is governed by this license."
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RE[4]: license
by segedunum on Wed 5th Mar 2008 01:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: license"
segedunum
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You don't seem to understand how an academic liscence works. The MS-LA is for use in teaching and learning, the MS-PL is for open source.


No, I understand it well enough. Publishing source code publicly in an open source manner and trying to lock it down via an academic-only license is pointless. You've already opened the source code publicly regardless, and the license means that it is basically useless to everyone who attempts to look at it, and especially, do anything with it. There are plenty of similar projects out there now to Singularity that have reasonable communities around them, more communication and licenses that allow code to be contributed, that are going to be of far more interest to people in academic circles. Academia is also going to choose to use a project with a license that gives them more scope and where they're less likely to get stung later.

You can't just publish source code and then turn around and say "Oh, this license is for open source software and this is for academic purposes". You either do it or you don't do it at all, and that's what Microsoft doesn't get.

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