As a first intimation of its "Shared Source" strategy, Microsoft
has offered the source to Windows CE 3.0 -- a move embedded systems
developers have been anticipating for a few months now. The
question asked here centers around the registration requirement,
which could be used to prove a given developer saw and used
Microsoft source for a project later down the road:
"But since you may not distribute the licensed
Microsoft code "in source or object form for commercial purposes
under any circumstances," nor use it to run a business, it may be
unlikely that such a suit would arise. All in all, I'm not sure who
besides companies selling Win CE hardware or software will benefit
from this "sharing."
However, if you ever intend to work on any Open Source
programming project which might involve similar code, you might
want to think twice about downloading any code under the provisions
Microsoft lists here: a simple database query can establish whether
"Yourname Lastname" had access to the Microsoft-owned code, which
could result in legal problems down the road. Even if you never
look at the downloaded code, the electronic trail will look like
you did -- which is perhaps the most insidious aspect of this
version of sharing."
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