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Reactions to Microsoft's "Open" .NET

Oct 04, 2007, 16:30 (6 Talkback[s])

InfoWorld: A Patent Trolling Dream...

"Microsoft is releasing its .Net Framework libraries under the Microsoft Reference License, which allows viewing of source code but not modification or redistribution.

"Despite my chronic proclamations of conspiracy theories, this whole thing seems like a bad idea..."

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Scobleizer: Microsoft: Releasing Source After Everyone Else?

"So, Sun Microsystems open sourced Java. Adobe open sourced Flex.

"Now Microsoft is releasing the source of .NET. UPDATE: Krish points out that this isn’t open sourcing .NET, just releasing the source. That’s even lamer cause the other two have actually open sourced and are accepting submissions from the community..."

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451 CAOS Theory: Microsoft's Restricted Share Poses Problems for Mono

"While it would be easy to dismiss the response as open source paranoia, it does appear that Microsoft's mixed messages over open source, and its use of shared source licenses, could potentially create problems for its open source interoperability partners.

"First of all it's worth stating that the license Microsoft has chosen for this project--the Microsoft Reference License--is not an open source license, and is not one of the licenses the company has proposed for adoption by the OSI...."

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