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Microsoft Talks License Smack; FSF Europe Cautiously Praises

Oct 20, 2005, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])

vnunet: Microsoft Slams Open Source Licensing Chaos

"Microsoft has launched an attack on existing open source 'licensing proliferation' claiming that the system is confusing and unnecessarily challenging for software developers.

"Jason Matusow, director of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, told vnunet.com that the large number of open source licences currently in use is counterproductive..."

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LWN: FSFE on the New "Shared Source" Licenses

"'Microsoft has walked a mile and is now standing mere inches from the GNU (L)GPL: We fully understand that Microsoft is first trying to get the nail of its little toe wet in the Free Software community, and we welcome that,' continues Greve. 'But in the course of time we would prefer to see Microsoft join the large global community of commercial GNU (L)GPL vendors.'

"'For now it will be good if Microsoft starts relicensing its portfolio under the Ms-PL or Ms-CL; but we still have to warn people to be careful about the 'Shared Source' label and look at the specific licenses: The other three licenses of the Shared Source program are clearly proprietary and obviously do not qualify as Free Software.' Greve finishes..."

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