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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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24



That article makes no sense, it states the following from the Microsoft agreement :

“If your app includes FOSS, it must not cause any non-FOSS Microsoft software to become subject to the terms of any FOSS license.”

This is Microsoft adding a safety disclaimer, but there's no reason why any Microsoft software would 'become subject to the terms of any FOSS licence' as the only thing any Microsoft software will do is distribute an unmodified (by Microsoft) binary. This is no different from hundreds of sites which already distribute binaries of GPL licenced software, fully in compliance with the licence. As long as Microsoft does not add any restrictions as for distribution/copying of the FOSS apps (which is what Apple did) then there's no problem with them distibuting GPL licenced software.

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