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[News] Open Source Reciprocity and 'Open Source' Fluff

  • Subject: [News] Open Source Reciprocity and 'Open Source' Fluff
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:05:52 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
MuleSource Launches MuleForge for Open-Source SOA 

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| The free ESB vendor thinks users will contribute code in exchange for 
| support. 


Interesting idea. Return your improvements to the code and get free support.

CPAL is now OSI-approved, sadly enough.


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| What's not so cool is that the new Aptana Public License specifically blocks 
| against redistribution which is going to hurt Eclipse community members like 
| EasyEclipse and Yoxos who ship Eclipse distros (this also includes Linux 
| distros). This in the end, eventually hurts the Eclipse community at large.   


Betting the business on open source

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| It will be interesting to see how far mStation will take this open source 
| decision-making concept, not to mention what products the process will 
| create.  


What a heavily abused term. Microsoft wants to be a part of it too. 'Open
Source' blocks of code for XAML/SharePoint/Windows and the rest of the
proprietary stack which comes with nasty EULAs?


Merging "Open Source" and "Free Software"

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| Of course, they are not. Other Shared Source licenses may very well be too 
| restrictive to be considered Open Source. But, Microsoft may conveniently 
| divert the attention from this little detail to the fact that some of 
| Shared Source licenses are Open Source.   


Microsoft not so 'open' after all?

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| Head of open-source group says more than half of licenses don't pass muster
| [...]
| Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit Open Source Initiative, said 
| that provisions in three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses  
| that restrict source code to running only on the Windows operating system 
| would contravene a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses as laid out by 
| the OSI. By those rules, code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as 
| they see fit.    
| [...]
| By his count, the OSI has rejected "two dozen" or so license applications for 
| language that restricted the use or redistribution of software and its source 
| code, even when the restrictions were written with what Tiemann 
| called "moral" intent. For instance, the OSI has rejected license 
| applications from Quakers and other pacifists who sought to prevent the use 
| of software for weapons such as landmines.     
| "I am highly sympathetic to that point of view," he said. "But the OSI is not 
| in the business of legislating moral use. We allow all use, commercial or 
| non-commercial, mortal or medical."   


Microsoft vs. The Linux World

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| Make no mistake about it, if you are using a Linux distribution, you are not 
| a friend to the software giant in Redmond. For years, they have spread rumors 
| and half-truths in an effort to curb any further attraction to Linux 
| development. Unfortunately for them, this has not only failed miserably, but 
| their own Vista operating system has become the ultimate pro-Linux marketing 
| campaign with its bugs, bloat and compatibility issues.      


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