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RE: [DotGNU]Microsoft Shared Source License

From: Joe Mozelesky
Subject: RE: [DotGNU]Microsoft Shared Source License
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 01:41:33 -0500

I can only imagine that they want to encourage development of CLI's for
other platforms to close the gap with Java and the multi-platform VM's.
If there is a .NET VM widely distributed on many platforms it makes it a
lot more viable to write the equivalent of a Java applet in C#.

Also by pushing .NET related stuff in academia they get developer
mindshare before developer-to-be is even out the door and employed.

And of course it allows them to get free marketing because now their
message is being carried across every open source forum in the world as
people discuss this :-)  Far better than a simple "We Love MS.NET" press


-----Original Message-----
From: Brandon Bremen [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 1:25 AM
To: address@hidden
Subject: [DotGNU]Microsoft Shared Source License

On Slashdot (where else), I read about Microsoft releasing their CLI 
source for mac osx. I was interested in their licensing, so I went to 
the site and followed the link to the license. I had heard it was really

short and clear, but I was still amazed to find it to be only one 
straight forward page. While reading it, I noticed that "You may use any

information in intangible form that you remember after accessing the 
Software." Are they trying to say that you can look at their code and 
remember how they implemented something and go implement it yourself? On

the main page, they have this: "What can I do with the Shared Source 
CLI? ... - People developing their own CLI implementations will find the

Shared Source CLI an indispensable guide and adjunct to the ECMA 
standards." Sound to me like they are trying to get people to play with 
their code and make their own stuff based on it. At least, that is how 
it seems. I would imagine, they are just trying to keep from scaring 
developers off. Any comments?

Quick comment, If only the GPL could be shortened. Even a 20% reduction 
would be great.

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