ZDNet UK: Open Source, Shared Source or Secret Sauce?
Sep 23, 2002, 02:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)
"Shared source is a big PR win for Microsoft. If it flops, as
with Windows, it can say its instinct to keep the code to itself
was vindicated. "One of the great myths of open source is that
everyone wants to look at source code," said Jason Matusow, shared
source manager at Microsoft. "We have approached many hundreds (of
companies), but most have turned us down. Most say 'we are
manufacturers, we don't do source code--that's your job', and
others say they expect their systems integrators to deal with any
source code issues."
"And if it goes the other way--for example, a popular initiative
to share some source code for Windows CE--Microsoft still comes up
smelling of roses. The company is seen to have responded to a real
"But in the long term, there are lots more things to be said. In
the end, the open-source community will thank Microsoft for pushing
the debate on. Let's face it, the polarisation of the debate can
get pretty sterile--it's all too easy to apply the usual
clichés of Open-Source-Good and Microsoft-Evil..."