"Several years ago, at the eGovOS summit, Microsoft desperately
tried to introduce its form of 'Shared Source' as if it were a
valid form of 'Open Source.' And to claim their new licensing
strategy they offered 'freedom' to others. This effort met with
extreme skepticism from me, and I wasn't the only one. Since then,
they have appeared at many free software related advocacy events,
as well as using their own closed and special government
conferences, and have been desperately trying to sell this idea:
that 'Shared Source' is 'Open Source.' At last, they may have found
a way to make this claim and thereby confuse and deceive the
marketplace. They may even accomplish this with the full help of
OSI (Open Source Initiative) and even the Free Software
Foundation--simply by writing three software licenses that nothing
important will ever be released under.
"I think Microsoft believes it is important because they fear
that 'Open Source' or free software licensing will be used as a
checklist for approved public purchases. Indeed, some nations are
doing this today. Peru, for example, just introduced a public
procurement policy that explicitly states that vendors who offer
freedom will be preferred in public sector purchasing..."
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