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The new draw of open source: innovation

Jul 28, 2011, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"I wasn't really upset, but I was still mildly irked by Gianugo Rabellino's part of the opening session, where he (wearing his Senior Director of Open Source Communities for Microsoft hat) highlighted separate customer needs for commercial and open source software, and highlighted Microsoft's approach to handle the needs of open source customers with open core and what they call an "open surface" model.

Open surface is where the core of the software remains under a proprietary license but it can be accessed with all sort of nifty-keen open APIs, open add-ons, and the like. Walli and I just looked at each other, rolled our eyes, and started muttering: "open surface" is just the shared source message, repackaged.

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