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Open Source Community Tepid on Microsoft Announcement

Last week's big to-do about Microsoft offering up some of its protocols and otherwise paying EU-mandated lip service to "openness" drew a surprisingly mixed reaction from the open source community -- surprising because it wasn't entirely negative.

Linux guru Linus Torvalds, in fact, seemed downright pleased with Microsoft, if still a little skeptical of the company's motives. Other folks took more of a wait-and-see attitude, with some complaining that Microsoft isn't releasing code to open source and is still going to charge license fees for some patents.

Here's something the open source folks might want to consider: Microsoft isn't an open source company and isn't going to be any time soon. So don't hold your breath for Steve Ballmer and company to throw open the gates (um, no pun intended, but you can read one there if you want to) any more than they have to.

And Microsoft: Again, please stop with the whole Magnanimous Microsoft act. We all know that you're responding to the EU, and that's OK.

Posted by Lee Pender on February 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM


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