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NewsForge: Are Microsoft's New Licenses Open Source?

Oct 27, 2005, 00:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

" ast week, Microsoft announced a set of new Shared Source licenses. Normally, new Microsoft licenses wouldn't be cause for the open source community to pay attention, but the new Shared Source Licenses have gotten praise from open source proponents such as Tim O'Reilly, and even the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has weighed in with positive comments.

"It looks like Microsoft is even making some headway with the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the group that coined the term 'open source.' Intel's Danese Cooper, a member of the OSI board of directors, writes that 'Microsoft did meet with a quorum of the OSI Board and we discussed our commitment to equal application of the license approval process and gave them very preliminary feedback on the licenses as they appear on the MSDN website. So far, Microsoft's licenses have not yet been submitted to License-Discuss for public discussion, but OSI is hopeful that they will be...'"

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