CyberTech Rambler

October 22, 2007

Microsoft “settled” with EC

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 2:35 pm

News just out: EC settled with Microsoft over the current workgroup/media player antitrust case. The commissioner is happy, but it is a bit too early to say that free/open source software will be happy. Information is sketchy on the implication of this settlement w.r.t. Free/Open source software. I will let others who have better understanding of Free/Open source software digest the settlement and voice their viewpoints first. Their opinions matter more than mine.

This is my initial thought: It would appear, from the Press Release, EC and Microsoft is following Microsoft-Novell agreement template by distinguishing between commercial/non-commercial open source development process. Obviously EC find this an acceptable compromise. I do not like it, as it opens a can of worms: What if a commercial company needs to modify 0.001% of the source code it receive from a non-commercial open source development team? Moreover, the press release does not mention anything about users of open source software. What is the point of developing a piece of software if people cannot use this?

Let’s see the agreement in full before jumping into conclusion. So far, based on the Press Release, it appears the solution might be problematic.


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