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Microsoft Open Source May Be Good for Open Source

Oct 30, 2007, 00:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"It seems we've arrived upon Microsoft open source. In the last couple of years, whenever there was discussion of Microsoft's open source projects and efforts such as CodePlex or Port25, there was typically the standard open source response: it's not OSI-approved; it's not real open source. Now, with OSI approval of two Microsoft licenses, the proprietary software giant can legitimately say these projects and programs are open source.

"It will be interesting to see whether Microsoft blurs the distinction of its now OSI-approved licenses, the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL), and other licenses used in CodePlex, SourceForge or other projects..."

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