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NewsForge: Free Software Foundation Debuts Shared Source Program

Apr 01, 2003, 18:59 (5 Talkback[s])
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"'We've learned that only a few nut-case programmers ever alter source code, so we have developed a new license, the GSSPL [GNU Shared Source Public License] to meet the needs of the vast majority of computer users,' said Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman at a press conference earlier today. He also said, 'The fact that Microsoft is now the FSF's prime sponsor has nothing to do with this decision.'

"A smiling Bill Gates shook hands with Stallman in a conference room at the newly renamed Bill and Melinda Gates Center for Free Software, formerly known as the 'Free Software Foundation office.'

"Gates used this opportunity to introduce a new Microsoft product: GNU/FreeWindowsXP, which can be freely downloaded from GNU/ starting today for only $149 and will be freely available in retail stores next week for only $199. He also said we can expect a replacement for Microsoft Office by the end of the year..."

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