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Microsoft: Prepared Text of Remarks by Craig Mundie, MS Sr. VP: The Commercial Software Model

May 03, 2001, 17:00 (117 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Mundie)

[ Thanks to Howard B. Golden and Mikael Pawlo for this link. ]

Microsoft has posted Craig Mundie's complete speech to its web site. It appears Mr. Mundie has added a new word to the tech lexicon by saying "Microsoft is expanding its licensing model to include our "Shared Source Philosophy" and goes on to raise the specter of forking and "inherent security risks" in open source software.

"...As a result of Microsoft's statement of position today, many people will attempt to say that Shared Source is Microsoft's failed attempt at being an Open Source Company. This could not be a more incorrect statement. Shared Source is not Open Source. We recognize that OSS has some benefits, such as the fostering of community, improved feedback and augmented debugging. We are always looking for ways to improve our products and make our customers more successful, and to that end we have incorporated these positive OSS elements in Shared Source. But there are significant drawbacks to OSS as well."

"The OSS development model leads to a strong possibility of unhealthy "forking" of a code base, resulting in the development of multiple incompatible versions of programs, weakened interoperability, product instability, and hindering businesses? ability to strategically plan for the future. Furthermore, it has inherent security risks and can force intellectual property into the public domain."

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