[kwlug-disc] Fwd: MSDN enews: Microsoft is more open than ever

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Mon Oct 15 15:35:14 EDT 2012


On 12-10-14 10:44 AM, Raul Suarez wrote:
> Does this qualify as "then we win"?

No, this is still "then they fight you".

"Win" happens when the underlying software (including OS) is also made
available as free software.

To me this is the "embrace" part of Microsoft's Embrace and Extend
strategy. But I'm not worried about developers (mis)directing their
efforts to this Microsoft Open Source. Any amount of free software is
good, no matter what the motiviation.

I *am* worried about additional lock-in that Open Data  clients will
experience.  When a municipality legislates that their data be made
openly available, I worry that they'll still continue to use closed,
proprietary, and expensive software to do so. But it's a good first
step, and any amount of Open Data is good, no matter what the underlying
software.

> 
> Who remember "GPL is a cancer"?

Frédéric Harper is talking about creating "Open Source", not "Free
Software", and there's no mention of the GPL here.  Yes, he says "think
about free software" in the same sentence he mentions Visual Studio 8.
That's not free software, not even open source software.  Even if I
release my VS8 code it isn't truly free because others can't use it
unless they acquire non-free software to compile it.  I think GPL v3
specifically disallows this, requiring code to be free in practice so
that it can be actually used without constraints.

--Bob.

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> Subject: MSDN enews: Microsoft is more open than ever
> From: Microsoft Canada <caflash at e-mail.microsoft.com>
> To: rarsa at yahoo.com
> CC: 
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>
> Frédéric Harper Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada
> 
>            There has never been a better time to work with
> Microsoft technology than this exact moment. Think about Windows 8,
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> get your application idea to the next level. On top of this,
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> 
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> These are just some examples of the openness of Microsoft at this
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