Microsoft going nuts?

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Microsoft's EULA for their Mobile Internet Toolkit

(c) Open Source. Recipient?s license rights to the Software are conditioned upon Recipient (i) not distributing such Software, in whole or in part, in conjunction with Potentially Viral Software (as defined below); and (ii) not using Potentially Viral Software (e.g. tools) to develop Recipient software which includes the Software, in whole or in part. For purposes of the foregoing, ?Potentially Viral Software? means software which is licensed pursuant to terms that: (x) create, or purport to create, obligations for Microsoft with respect to the Software or (y) grant, or purport to grant, to any third party any rights to or immunities under Microsoft?s intellectual property or proprietary rights in the Software. By way of example but not limitation of the foregoing, Recipient shall not distribute the Software, in whole or in part, in conjunction with any Publicly Available Software. ?Publicly Available Software? means each of (i) any software that contains, or is derived in any manner (in whole or in part) from, any software that is distributed as free software, open source software (e.g. Linux) or similar licensing or distribution models; and (ii) any software that requires as a condition of use, modification and/or distribution of such software that other software distributed with such software (A) be disclosed or distributed in source code form; (B) be licensed for the purpose of making derivative works; or (C) be redistributable at no charge. Publicly Available Software includes, without limitation, software licensed or distributed under any of the following licenses or distribution models, or licenses or distribution models similar to any of the following: (A) GNU?s General Public License (GPL) or Lesser/Library GPL (LGPL), (B) The Artistic License (e.g., PERL), (C) the Mozilla Public License, (D) the Netscape Public License, (E) the Sun Community Source License (SCSL), and (F) the Sun Industry Standards License (SISL)

Is it me or is MS getting scared of Open Source software?
 

ElFenix

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they are basically making a contract that says you can't redistribute that with an open source product. big deal. that statement made by a microsoft veep a while back that said using open source stuff might open up a company's patents is the sort of thing this is heading off. someone could screw up and release something as open source without knowing it and then get sued or something. its far-fetched, but it could happen.
 

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<< Is it me or is MS getting scared of Open Source software? >>






I'm not sure---I'll let you know in the morning after I let a lawyer crack those hieroglyphics



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Soccerman

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they have a right to be scared... the only thing keeping them alive is Windows 2K! they escaped by the hair of their.. umm.. yeah.

think about it. right now, I use Windows 9x, and Linux. My 9x OS is screwed when it comes to using the internet (can't fix it, I'm waiting till I have everything backed up before reformatting), so I had to 'resort' to using Linux Mandrake 8.

I can honestly say I could live with Linux and lose windows, the only thing keeping me away from Linux when I have windows running (even without the network support), is the games! that's the ONLY THING.

If MS hadn't released 2K, more people would have been trying out Linux, and finding that it's not so bad (though they probably would stick with Windows for now). Then when they get frustrated with Windows, booom, it's over! at least, temporarily for windows..
 



<< they have a right to be scared... the only thing keeping them alive is Windows 2K! they escaped by the hair of their.. umm.. yeah. >>


Win2k sales have been very bad actually.

*nix will never ever dominate the desktop market. I love fBSD myself.
But you need to be real about it.
The software and interface is not going the right way.
The technology should cater to the people, not the people to the technology.
 

Ameesh

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<< they have a right to be scared... the only thing keeping them alive is Windows 2K! they escaped by the hair of their.. umm.. yeah.

think about it. right now, I use Windows 9x, and Linux. My 9x OS is screwed when it comes to using the internet (can't fix it, I'm waiting till I have everything backed up before reformatting), so I had to 'resort' to using Linux Mandrake 8.

I can honestly say I could live with Linux and lose windows, the only thing keeping me away from Linux when I have windows running (even without the network support), is the games! that's the ONLY THING.

If MS hadn't released 2K, more people would have been trying out Linux, and finding that it's not so bad (though they probably would stick with Windows for now). Then when they get frustrated with Windows, booom, it's over! at least, temporarily for windows..
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i think your a tweeker.
 

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<< Does unix come in a cherry pie flavor too? >>

Not only that but it comes in strawberry, apple and blueberry flavor too. Not to mention the custom flavors available to the select few ;)

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Linflas

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The truly humorous thing is that 99% of us click past this garbage &quot;next, next, next&quot; when installing software. I doubt it will have any effect in anyones day to day business.