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  • Blog Post: OSI Approves MS Licenses

    Today the news hit that two licenses from Microsoft were approved by the Open Source Initiative as official open source licenses. The licenses were submitted back in early August and a good deal of discussion and work has been going on since then. Jon Rosenberg, who is a really sharp guy and was a colleague...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft OSS Web Site

    Today Microsoft launched its new open source web site . Starting in 2001, we began thinking long and hard about open source from the perspective of it as a dev model, a business model, a licensing model, and a philosophical approach to software. Like anything - you look at it through your own perspective...
  • Blog Post: Grab Bag Today - More on Open XML, Iron Projects, IBM's Spec Pledge

    A couple of things to pop up on my blog today: Stephen McGibbon wrote a blog posting this week about Open XML and his participation in Portugal. There has been commentary about this up on Groklaw and Stephen addresses those issues directly. [Adding to this post] Doug Mahugh has posted on the recent...
  • Blog Post: FoxPro Going to CodePlex

    I just saw that Microsoft is moving FoxPro to the CodePlex site. In other words, as the company has made a decision not to move FoxPro beyond the 9.0 version it will enable the dev community that is passionate about the technology to continue to work on it in a collaborative environment. I think this...
  • Blog Post: Thank You For The Feedback

    Most of the time I try to respond to the comments that come into my blog. There has been a rush of comments since the linking of my posting to a few news articles. 1) Thank you for the comments - I know many of you are skeptical about this process, and a few are even outright hostile. I will be going...
  • Blog Post: And Now, For My Next Act....

    Years ago, it was suggested that there was a civil war in Microsoft based on open source. There allegedly was the Star Wars–inspired rebel alliance of openness fighting against the forces of closed. Coming out of that set of accusations, I was always a bit curious as to what role I was assigned. Should...
  • Blog Post: New Shared Source Release - MBS Solomon

    Once again my friend Matt Asay is putting on a strong show at OSBC East . The OSBC conferences have been interesting to me because of their focus on those that are building businesses around OSS . In my keynote on Wed. this week I will be taking a look at our lessons learned from OSS and will play with...
  • Blog Post: New Shared Source Releases

    In conjunction with the news today about the licenses - we are also announcing the availability of 8 Visual Studio 2005 stater kits under the Ms-PL. Also, in Nov., the CE team is going to release the second version of our Bluetooth wrapper . There are more than 80 Shared Source releases - go check out...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source Licensing

    UPDATE - I'm adding some good blog discussions below based on this news. Open source licenses are source code licenses. Shared Source licenses are source code licenses. Shareware licenses are (at times) source code licenses. And what is a source code license? It is a way for a software creator...
  • Blog Post: Windows Template Library

    The project leader for the Windows Template Library project up on SourceForge dropped me a note the other day. In case you are interested, the WTL project just released Beta 1 of WTL 7.5. Here are the links. Project link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/wtl Download link: http://sourceforge.net...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source - More Dev Toys

    There are groups all over Microsoft that are posting source for interesting little bits and pieces. These are all licensed for commerical or non-commercial modification and distribution. These came to me courtesy of Josh Ledgard . Check them out and enjoy. I'm going to leave in the comments about...
  • Blog Post: Bluetooth Wrapper

    During my blogging hiatus in May there was a cool release from our embedded folks. Here is the description and a link or two: Windows Embedded Source Tools for Bluetooth Technology Developing for Bluetooth technology (exposing Bluetooth services, enumerating devices or services, and connecting...
  • Blog Post: WiX - heading towards 150K

    Kudos to Rob Mensching and his great Shared Source project, Windows Installer XML - otherwise known as WiX. SourceForge.net statistics came back online recently and it turns out that more than 145,000 folks have found WiX to be interesting. Even more impressive is that I’m running into people who are...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Power Pack - Shared Source Licensed Stuff

    Here is the Visual Basic Power Pack which consists of seven custom controls written in Visual Basic .NET 2003 and licensed under a Shared Source license. The controls provide enhanced user interface elements and enable you to create more interesting and more colorful client-based applications.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Powertoys - Shared Source Licensed Stuff

    I've been meaning to blog this for a while. Josh Ledgard has been doing some great work with the developer community. He hosts the Developer Powertoys blog which is really worth checking out if you haven't seen it (and if you are a developer of course). This blog is consistantly among the top 5-10 most...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source - Microsoft Research Downloads

    I recently became aware of a bunch of Shared Source licensed projects that are available through Microsoft Research. There are over 50 projects listed and many have been available for a few years. Games, tools, graphics...good stuff. http://research.microsoft.com/research/downloads/default.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: IronPython Q and A

    Over the past week there have been a few common questions about the IronPython Shared Source license that need to be addressed. Here are the answers but a critical disclaimer first. I am not a lawyer and thus, this blog entry does not constitute legal advice. You should be working with your legal counsel...
  • Blog Post: IronPython - response to comments

    I've had a few inquiries on the relationship of IronPython to Mono. Technically, IronPython is designed to run on any platform that implements the CLI specification v2.0. We would consider it a bug in IronPython if it didn’t run on a correct implementation of the CLI v2.0. We haven’t tested this release...
  • Blog Post: IronPython

    At PyCon (a conference for Python developers) last week, Microsoft made an announcement regarding the project code named IronPython . Python is an open source dynamic language – for non-developers like me – dynamic languages enable developers to produce applications more efficiently by reducing the amount...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source Programs and EU Member States

    In Eastern Europe today, we announced the expansion of the Windows and Windows CE Premium Shared Source programs to Cyprus , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania , Malta , Slovakia , and Slovenia . The addition of these seven means that all European Union member states are now included in our Windows, Office...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source - More than Windows.

    Thanks for the feedback on the first posting with meat on the bones. I’m moderating the comments in an attempt to keep the spammers at bay – but I’m posting all comments, positive or negative to keep this a space of “open” thought. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. I’m going to repeat myself for the moment;...
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