Linux and the hungry Penguin

FSFE approves Microsoft 'shared source' licences

Category: News
Posted: 2005-10-22 07:11, Edited: 2005-10-22 12:11

According to FSFEs first glance, the "Microsoft Permissive License" (Ms-PL) and "Microsoft Community License" (Ms-CL) both appear to satisfy the four freedoms that define Free Software. In particular: The Ms-CL also appears to implement a variation of the Copyleft idea, which was first implemented by the GNU General Public License (GPL).

So it looks like Microsoft are edging towards some kind of software freedom.... Of course publishing a license is one thing... Releasing software under that license is another!!!

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Microsoft files XML doc patent in NZ

Category: News
Posted: 2005-03-21 03:08, Edited: 2005-03-21 09:08

According to the New Zealand Herald Microsoft has applied for a patent where they claim they invented and own the process whereby a word-processing document stored in a single XML file may be manipulated by applications that understand XML.

The New Zealand Open Source Society president Peter Harrison said "It means if you write a document in Word and save it in an XML format, you have to have Microsoft's permission to read it or change it."

Errrmmmm... I thought the whole point of XML was interoperability. What next Microsoft invented e-mail!!! Obviously prior art should stop this patent being accepted.

I could make lots of comments now about Microsoft and their underhanded business tactics... I see today from the BBC that Microsoft seems to be falling short in its compliance with the EU anti-trust punishment.

For those of you familiar with Star Trek, one quote comes to mind "Resistance if futile".

We will see!
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