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SearchWebServices: MS Exec Makes Case for Open-Source Effort

Jul 19, 2003, 02:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krissi Danielsson)

"Selling developers on the idea that Microsoft is committed to working with the open-source community was a tall task, an executive with the software maker admitted in an interview with SearchWebServices.com. At the recent O'Reilly Open Source conference (OSCON), Jason Matusow, manager of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, talked about how the program works and how it can benefit developers...

"What other programs are included in the Shared Source Initiative, and how does it compare to open-source?

"Matusow: Available programs include Windows technology, the CE operating system, ASP.NET, parts of the .NET framework, Visual Studio components, Passport and other pieces of code as well. I think there are over 40 different open-source licenses today, so there's a large spectrum of how people deal with open-source. Shared source is a spectrum as well, ranging from reference-only agreements, where you can see the code but not modify it, all the way through [to] seeing the code and modifying it and reselling your work..."

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