[kwlug-disc] Microsoft .NET Micro Open Sourced ...
kb at 2bits.com
Tue Nov 17 17:46:30 EST 2009
I agree with you.
That recent issue of denying that they used a GPL USB driver, and then
turning around admitting it and releasing the code is a big win for FLOSS.
I looked past the "Evil Microsoft is stealing free software" and saw "Even
they have to comply with the very thing they maligned and loathed up until
So, yes, we are slowly making inroads ...
On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Regardless of whatever purpose MS may have, it is clear that slowly they
> are getting past the laughing and fighting.
> FLOSS is far from wining but the perspective is better every time.
> Personally I think that they don't care about this technology. They found
> it useless so they are giving it away.
> They may not realize that creative hackers can make something useful out of
> it. They also know that many FLOSS people won't touch it just because the MS
> The important lesson here is: If FLOSS were irrelevant and a non factor,
> they could have very well let the platform die. Let's say that they found a
> recycle bin that wins them some good will.
> Raul Suarez
> Technology consultant
> Software, Hardware and Practices
> An eclectic collection of random thoughts
> --- On Tue, 11/17/09, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> > From: Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>
> > Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Microsoft .NET Micro Open Sourced ...
> > To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> > Received: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 2:29 PM
> > On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM, unsolicited
> > <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
> > wrote:
> > Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 11/16/2009 8:41 PM:
> > Another surprise from Microsoft: they made .NET Micro open
> > source under the Apache license.
> > If I understand you correctly, anyone can thus put a .net
> > interpreter on their mobile (or any other?) device without
> > licensing fees to MS.
> > I think so.
> > Does .net content have a significant presence in the mobile
> > market / content, or only on Windows Mobile devices?
> > I think that is the idea: regardless of whether it is
> > popular or not now, they want more adoption of it, and hate
> > the fact that Java is dominant on the mobile phone. They are
> > perhaps pandering to the .NET developers and saying
> > "You already know it on the desktop, use it for mobile
> > devices too".
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