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Microsoft Watch: Is The 'Soft Going Soft on Open Source?

Mar 19, 2003, 15:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"The open-source faithful have been harsh critics of Microsoft's shared source licensing plan and justifiably so. They have claimed that Microsoft has attempted to ride the coattails of the GNU General Public License (GPL), while simultaneously slamming the GPL as contaminating everything in its path.

"Even some of Microsoft's own employees, such as David Stutz, the former Microsoft manager in charge of Microsoft's Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Shared Source program, have expressed frustration with Microsoft's licensing rhetoric.

"But is there a case to be made that Redmond is slowly but surely learning from its past mistakes...?"

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