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WideOpenNews: Alan Cox: This is How Free Software Works [a response to Craig Mundie]

May 04, 2001, 00:43 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Cox)

"So is 'Microsoft Shared Source' a failed attempt at Open Source? Not really. In fact it is a demonstration of how far Microsoft are from grasping the entire concept of Open Source. IBM were providing source code in the 1960's under similar terms. VMS source code was available under limited licenses to customers from the beginning. Microsoft are catching up with 1960."

"The very language they use to describe 'Shared Source' misses the point of Free Software. To them 'Shared Source' remains about control and about 'owning code'. Free Software is about generating revenue from doing work the customer wants and will pay for. It recognizes that much of the software world is now commodity and that proprietary software with all its overheads is in fact not a sustainable business for commodity products."

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