Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Microsoft's Plan to Kill Open Source: Strike #1 Won

The OSI approves two of Microsoft's licenses (Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Reciprocal License) as open source. It's Microsoft's first strike in killing open source.

Acting on the advice of the License Approval Chair, the OSI Board today approved the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL). The decision to approve was informed by the overwhelming (though not unanimous) consensus from the open source community that these licenses satisfied the 10 criteria of the Open Source definition, and should therefore be approved.

Stephen McGibbon, regional technology officer at Microsoft, says "There is a convergence going on. We're seeing that commercial companies go open source and that open source companies act more commercial. Everbody moves from one of the extremes towards the middle." Meaning: let's kick the shit out of these free software fundamentalists and end up at a weaker form of open source -- we'll move it more to the commercial side from there.