Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Nov 2008 06:45 UTC, submitted by pablo_marx
Microsoft Microsoft has released an initial release of version 2.0 of the Singularity operating system (research development kit, as it likes to call it). Singularity is a microkernel research operating system, where the kernel, drivers, and applications are all written in managed code. Singularity is released under a shared source academic license, and you can do whatever you want with it, except making money (simply put).
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2. They don't want you using their code to create something new that will ultimately compete with software and products they're producing.

The bastards!! How dare they? ;)

If you think these two positions are comparable then you have a somewhat warped view of the reality of the situation.

Well, they're compatable in the sense that they're both pretty much non-commercial, which was his point. One license forbids you from selling it commercially. The other one allows it, though nobody in their right mind is going to purchase it if they can just get it elsewhere for $0.

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John Nilsson Member since:

"comercially" is not the same as "selling licenses", there are a lot of business models around software that has no dependencies on exclusive control of the software distribution.

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andrewg Member since:

Nothing to do with distribution. Its all about the fact that there is no GPL software where anyone in their right mind would pay to use the software. Paying for support and all the services around that is not the same as paying for the use of software i.e. paying for the actual utility of the software.

Which is why companies like Redhat and MySQL make next to nothing compared to their scope and quality of their offering.

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