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Microsoft's Quest for Shared-Source Approval

Sep 24, 2007, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"From Microsoft's point of view, the most galling thing about open source is the appeal it has for developers. In order to spread the popularity of its single platform proprietary technologies among developers it has to retain and extend the appeal of technologies such as .NET and the proprietary languages it uses--and this means catching the imagination of developers, and locking them in to Microsoft technologies. This is the attraction of open source to Microsoft. Each of the 'shared source' technologies it has sponsored is locked into its proprietary version of userland. This inevitably limits its appeal to open source developers. Nevertheless, it is taking an adventurous approach towards the newer programming languages and is being pragmatic in its approach to developer communities, in the hope that by submitting its licences for approval it will gain an aura of respectability among a larger community who will take their expertise onto .NET and Windows in the workplace...'"

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