"Thanks to the Samba project, documentation about Windows
networking protocols is now available to free software developers
who want it. With the help of the Software Freedom Law Center
(SFLC) and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Samba has
hammered out an agreement for obtaining the documentation and has
set up the new Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF) to
make it accessible to other free software projects.
"The announcement marks the end of nearly a decade of litigation
that began when Sun Microsystems requested documentation for the
Microsoft Active Directory to build software interoperable with
Windows. When Microsoft refused, Sun lodged a complaint with the
European Commission, which launched a five year investigation into
the issue. The investigation quickly expanded beyond issues of
interoperability to include questions about software bundling as
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