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Microsoft Not So 'Open' After All?

Aug 01, 2007, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lai)

"The head of the open-source group that will decide whether to certify Microsoft Corp.'s 'shared source' software licenses as open-source licenses said that more than half of Redmond's licenses appear to automatically fail the group's rules.

"Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit Open Source Initiative, said that provisions in three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses that restrict source code to running only on the Windows operating system would contravene a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses as laid out by the OSI. By those rules, code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as they see fit..."

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