Sales & Marketing
Training & Development
PCs & Servers
Imaging & Printing
OSI approves Microsoft's open source licenses
Oct 17, 2007 6:42 AM
The Open Source Initiative has approved the Microsoft Public Licence and Microsoft Reciprocal Licence, officially branding them as open source licences.
The OSI approves licences by validating compliance to ten rules set in the Open Source Definition. The decision was reached with an "overwhelming majority " of the votes, but not unanimously, OSI president Michael Tiemann said in a
on the group's website.
welcomed the decision. " This is a significant milestone in the progression of Microsoft's open source strategy and the company's ongoing commitment to participation in the open source community to effectively meet the evolving needs of developers," the company said in an emailed statement.
Microsoft's submission had sparked a discussion within the open source community over the software firm's intentions. Critics charged that the addition of the licence was an attempt by Microsoft to undermine open source. The company has repeatedly flamed open source and accused the software of violating its patents.
Google's open source programme manager Chris DiBona had argued that Microsoft should be required to meet requirements beyond the ten listed in the Open Source Definition to gain approval for its licences.
DiBona's plea however was turned down. In his posting, Tiemann said that OSI and Microsoft had a constructive dialog, "in spite of recent negative interactions between Microsoft and the open source community."
The question however shouldn't revolve around the approval, but about what Microsoft intends to do with its new open source status, Matthew Aslett, an analyst with the
, argued on a
"For now though it’s all eyes on Microsoft to see what the company will do next, and in many ways this will be more interesting than whether or not the OSI approved the licenses. For reasons that were never fully explained, Microsoft wanted open source licenses," Aslett wrote.
"Now that it’s got them, will it use them to release significant code to the community?"
Microsoft has released more than 150 applications under its Shared Source licences which allow developers and users varying degrees of access to source code. Some of those projects however are believed to lack credibility because they aren't governed by an official open source licence. Microsoft sought to change that perception by submitting the licenses to the OSI.
Microsoft's shared source programme also offers the Microsoft Reference License, which was not approved by the OSI. The licence lets developers view source code to understand an application's inner workings, but doesn’t allow for distribution of the code.
The Microsoft Public License is the least restrictive license, allowing developers to view, modify and distribute code as the please. The Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL) adds a provision that imposes requirements on users choosing to combine Ms-RL code with a licensee's original code.
Follow us on
AWS to allow BYO Windows licence
Microsoft open sources .NET
Vox pop: Are Chromebooks ready for the enterprise?
Microsoft's AI can tell dogs apart
Ever wonder how inkjet cartridges are made?
Here's how HP tests all those ink catridges
Google to show anti-terrorism ads to would-be extremists
CrossPoint eyes Australian growth with $20m M&A fund
Oracle overhauls partner program
Send us your tips
You must be a registered member of CRN to post a comment.
Click here to login
Click here to register
IT provider Vintek boosts data centre firepower with Intervolve acquisition
Aims to be a data centre market leader.
Hewlett Packard acquires data protection vendor Trilead
Virtual machine backup vendor comes onboard.
Microsoft targets Google users with expanded Office 365 offer
Extends FastTrack to customers with 50 users.
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
Microsoft overhauls Enterprise Agreements in licensing shakeup
Exclusive: Hewlett Packard Enterprise reviews Australian distribution
AFP raids Gold Coast reseller for peddling counterfeits
3200 Dick Smith staff may have been underpaid
Hewlett Packard Enterprise loses Aussie channel chief
Powered by Disqus
Does the ATO need to close tax loopholes?
view previous polls »
Powered by Disqus
CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.
What's in this issue?
Most popular tech stories
7 accounting packages for Australian small businesses compared: including MYOB, QuickBooks Online, Reckon, Xero
Cheaper tax returns thanks to Xero?
Tip: Your shop can use a smartphone instead of an EFTPOS terminal
Do you know these 12 eBay tips?
Do you use Dropbox? Here are some clever tricks
Photos: The CIO movements that made headlines in 2015
Former NAB exec to lead billion-dollar Centrelink IT overhaul
Photos: The old technology lurking in Australia's cupboards
Westfield ditches SMS feature over privacy issues
Microsoft makes big change to enterprise agreements
How to: How much RAM do you really need?
Top 25 fantasy games of all time
Playing politics in the Australian games industry
Top 15 obscure video game consoles for collectors
What is the dark web?
5 reasons why The Division will be best played on PC
Star Wars original trilogy heroes and villains
20 key tips for succeeding at Rainbow Six Siege
Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Interview: Paradox's Henrik Fåhraeus, on Stellaris
PC & Tech Authority
nextmedia Pty Ltd
. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form without prior authorisation.
Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of nextmedia's
Terms & Conditions
Login to CRN
Email or Username:
* Email or Username required
* Password required
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Register now!
To request a
, enter the email address linked to your CRN account and we'll send one to you.
* Email required
* Invalid Email address
* Invalid Email address
Click here to return to Login Form
comments powered by Disqus.