More about licenses, Microsoft and OSI

I’m having problems submitting comments to Roberto’s blog, so I continue the discussion with him here, after his comment

The problem with Microsoft channel is that it’s a channel that (mainly) develops software on top of proprietary protocols and formats. Therefore I see the value growing only for Microsoft, if OSI approves these licenses. Just look at Moon/Silverlight deal between MS and Novell: who is safe using that *light? Only those that accept deals with MS like Novell did.

I’ll tell you what we need from MS, and that is not more licenses. We need them to stick to the requests from the EU Commission regarding interoperability. Only one week and we will find out about that too.

Besides, I don’t see the value in adding more licenses that mimic existing ones, like ASL, BSD and GPL, to the already long list of OSI approved licenses.

And while talking about Microsoft habits, here is Matt’s point of view:

there is good reason for criticism of Moonlight/Silverlight:

To the extent that it requires Microsoft patent approval to be effective (and it does, by Miguel’s own admission), it is shackled in its potential. Interoperability is to Microsoft what prostitution is to a pimp: a great source of control and income.

The whole post deserves reading The other 20% on Novell or, When interop isn’t | The Open Road – CNET Blogs



1 Comment

  1. Stefano,

    I understand Microsoft’s interest is clearly connected with selling proprietary software, no question about it. Despite this, ISVs could plan to develop free software applications on top of their proprietary infrastructures, and I wouldn’t mind, just as I don’t when proprietary vendors let their software run on top of (GNU/)Linux.

    Does it scare you? Despite a full free software IT world might be better, I see the hybrid taking over and over, and that would be just another flavour..

    About Moonlight I share your and Matt vision, but that’s is a completely different story.. I really can’t see a reason to not be happy about seeing VARs developing free software applications, there are lots of them and Plexnet and similar initiatives prove it to be meaningful.

    Last but not least, the interoperability issue it’s still a huge problem, and I am happy that FSFE is keeping the ball rolling!