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Microsoft and Open Source: Frost Sightings in Hell

Aug 06, 2007, 21:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"Bill Hilf, Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy, announced two things last week at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference in Portland. First Microsoft will be taking two of its 'Shared Source' branded licenses to the Open Source Initiative for approval as full fledged 'open source' licenses. Second, they have built a web site to act as the gateway to Microsoft thinking on open source software.

"I'm fairly ambivalent on the license announcement. Does the world really need two more vanity licenses? (No) Isn't Microsoft sort of late to the party? (Yes) Does it really matter if the OSI approves the licenses when they clearly meet the OSI open source definition? (No) As a global player will Microsoft update the licenses away from U.S. copyright language before submission, borrowing from the lessons learned in the free software world? (One could hope, but probably not. The legal team is too fearful...)"

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