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New Microsoft "Open Source" Licenses Reveal a Company on the Defensive

Aug 02, 2007, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ganesh Prasad)

"PJ of Groklaw believes Microsoft is (as usual) up to no good by pushing two licenses for OSI approval. I don't trust Microsoft any more than she does, but I don't share her seeming paranoia that every move the company makes is a deviously cunning ploy to destroy its enemies. Many of its recent moves, I believe, are death throes, nothing more than a pathetic and desperate attempt to simply survive.

"What I think is behind Microsoft's current desperation is the release of the GNU General Public License version 3. Mind you, GPLv3 is the most discussed and collaboratively developed software license in history. It has an impeccable set of guiding principles, accommodation of the widest variety of views across the spectrum and (not least) watertight legalese that gives it teeth in a court of law..."

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