Microsoft Continues Dance with Open Source, EU
Microsoft made a big kafuffle today to announce yet another "openness"
initiative. This time, it involves publishing
tens of thousands of pages
of software protocols, something European Union
for some time now. Not surprisingly, the EU -- so far, at
least -- still
Redmond also pledged not to sue for patent infringement open source developers
who develop software for "non-commercial distribution." (So, that
includes Microsoft's own customers...right?) Microsoft is also going to let
us know once and for all which of its protocols are patented, and then license
those patents at what it calls low rates.
The whole Microsoft spiel is here.
Also, look for more coverage of this announcement -- and maybe a snarky comment
or two -- in Friday's RCPU.
Posted by Lee Pender on 02/21/2008 at 1:21 PM