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Microsoft fails open source tests

by on30 July 2007


Shared source licences proprietary


More than half of Microsoft's "shared source" software licenses fail Open Source Initiative criteria to be 'open source.

Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit  Open Source Initiative told ComputerWorld that three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses restrict source code to running only on Windows.  This contravenes a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses.

The rules state that code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as they see fit.

Microsoft plans to submit its shared-source licenses to the OSI for approval, although it is not clear if it is going to be modified before approval.

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