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Microsoft playing nicely with open source

Nov 17, 2009, 17:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Duckett)

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"Microsoft announced today that it is open-sourcing the .NET Micro Framework under an Apache 2.0 licence.

"Peter Galli, a Microsoft open source community manager, said in the announcement that "Including the source code for almost all of the product also ensures that developers now also get access to the Base Class Libraries that were implemented for .NET Micro Framework and the CLR code itself."

"Being an Apache licence means that, ironically, anyone can pick up the .NET Micro Framework and re-licence it under a proprietary licence. But not all the parts of the framework are being opened; the TCP/IP stack was made by a third party, EBSNet, and separate arrangements would need to be made with EBSNet for that source code."

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