Fwd: MS definition of "open source"

Dave Whitinger dave at linuxtoday.com
Fri Apr 9 18:58:03 UTC 1999

------ Forwarded message ------
    From: Dwight Johnson <dwj at linuxtoday.com>
 Subject: MS definition of "open source" -- opportunity for action
    Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 11:53:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply-To: Dwight Johnson <dwj at linuxtoday.com>

PC Week, "Microsoft to go open source? Not likely"

>Muth said comments made by Microsoft President Steve Ballmer and
>other company executives at the Windows Hardware Engineering
>Conference in Los Angeles earlier this week were interpreted without
>having a clear understanding of how Microsoft defines "open source."
>Muth said the term "open source" has a variety of meanings, and the
>company's definition differs from the one used to describe Unix and
>the increasingly popular Linux -- in which a worldwide community of
>developers is able to freely extend, modify and commercialize versions
>of the software."

>... its definition of "open source code licenses" means making the
>technology available to only a select group of computer scientists,
>researchers, original equipment manufacturers and engineering
>partners, who are offered the code under a set of restrictions that
>prohibit them from commercializing the technology in any way, Muth


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