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Technocrat.net: Microsoft Violating GPL

Jun 02, 2000, 21:27 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Burlowski)

[ Thanks to Bruce Perens for this link. ]

"One of our readers has caught Microsoft in a trivial, easily remedied, GPL violation, which is detailed below. Microsoft has been politely asked to fix the problem, and no doubt they will if and when the request gets to the right person (which is the most difficult thing about doing this with a large company)."

"Why do companies get involved in trivial GPL violations? Because the company picks up Free Software as part of one of their products without maintaining their committment to do the simple, easy, inexpensive things that are required to comply with the Free Software license. Folks, if you can't comply with the license, find other software, please...."

"A few months ago Microsoft purchased a company, Softway Systems, that provides a UNIX environment on Windows. It appeared on Slashdot, with discussion as you might expect. The product is called Microsoft Interix. It has now been re-packaged and tweaked by Microsoft and I have used it. You can find info on this product from MS and the old Interix site...."

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