Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2011 22:24 UTC
Windows Yesterday, Microsoft finally unveiled all the details regarding its Windows Store, which will be the default way to distribute Metro applications on Windows 8. Most of the details are all pretty standard and mirror those of other stores, but there's one interesting twist that is sure to make a lot of you happy: Microsoft has made special exceptions for open source software.
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Clarification - OSS but not FOSS
by lemur2 on Thu 8th Dec 2011 09:18 UTC
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

As I understand it, Microsoft's terms permit open source software (i.e. distributed under an OSI-approved license) but not copyleft open source software. So not ALL OSI-approved licenses.

Backup:
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Windows-Store-agreement-has-...

"The terms and conditions of Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace explicitly exclude open source software that is released under a copyleft licence."


http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Microsoft-bans-free-software...

Microsoft bans free software from Windows Phone Marketplace

So, open source software (OSS) but not Freedom Software (FOSS). No GPL-licensed software (GPL is copyleft).

Edited 2011-12-08 09:19 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Windows Phone Store != Windows Store.

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jabjoe Member since:
2009-05-06

Yer on the desktop, they would be crazy to exclude copyleft stuff.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Windows Phone Store != Windows Store.


Ah, OK. Point taken.

<sarcasm>Forgive me for getting a bit confused, I don't know how I could possibly have got that mixed. Obviously if software is for a phone it makes the world of difference if it is copyleft, compared to software for a desktop.</sarcasm>

Err, WTF?

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