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Microsoft: The Rodney Dangerfield of Open Source

Oct 25, 2007, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Scavo)

"If you haven't been following the latest developments in the open source world, here's an interesting development. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has just certified two Microsoft licenses as open source.

"This is a big deal. OSI is the organization that determines which software licenses qualify as open source, according to a list of 10 criteria. Microsoft submitted two of its shared source licenses, the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL) to OSI, which generated an enormous amount of debate within the open source community concerning Microsoft's motives and whether OSI should approve such licenses..."

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