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[News] Microsoft is Corrupting the Term "Open Source"

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The Microsoft secret and open source

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| Not just here. Today, for instance, our sister publication in the UK has a 
| piece by Mark Taylor of SiriusIT, calling Microsoft’s very definition of open 
| source a straw man.  
|     Microsoft representatives generally try to establish a world view 
|     sympathetic to their own by talking as if the accepted distinction in the 
|     open-source arena is between commercial and non-commercial. That 
|     definition is inaccurate and its intent is to damage.   
|     The true distinction is between proprietary and non-proprietary. The 
|     false distinction between commercial and non-commercial is designed to 
|     imply that only proprietary software is acceptable commercially — that 
|     is, companies should keep buying the proprietary stuff and leave the 
|     non-proprietary to hobbyists.    


What vendors really mean by 'open source'

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| When you say 'open source', you may be clear about what you mean. However, 
| others are twisting the term for their own ends, says open-source expert Mark 
| Taylor.  
| Like me, you've probably read articles on how free software, or open source, 
| is going to thrive in 2009, and how businesses everywhere are going to 
| survive the recession by migrating to it.  
| Perhaps you agree with those views; perhaps you don't. However, what I find 
| most interesting is what people mean by the words 'open source' and, to be 
| even more specific, what business model they have in mind.  
| We often assume others mean the same thing as we do in the words they use, 
| but the truth is more nuanced than that. The real meaning behind the words is 
| worth examining, especially when someone is trying to sell you something.  
| Firstly, let's take a brief look at some of the terminology used in this 
| debate. 



Microsoft not really following open-source model--IBM exec

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| Microsoft has been wanting to get cozy lately with open source developers but
| a top IBM executive warns that the world's largest software maker is not
| ready to give up full control yet.
| Michael O'Rourke, Asia Pacific vice president for IBM Rational, believes that
| while Microsoft said it would open up APIs (application programming
| interfaces) of its core products such as Windows and Microsoft Office, the
| company isn't really "open sourcing" its software.
| [...]
| "Microsoft is not exactly telling developers that they own the platform," he
| said. Microsoft of late has been touting its conciliatory stance with the
| open-source community.


Open source shouldn't just be a marketing exercise

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| A few years back, open source was the new fad and emerging "cool" technology 
| to be a part of, and several major tech vendors made it a point to be 
| perceived as avid participants of this growing trend.   



Using open source as a marketing ploy

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| This is typical trend riding fluff. If you go the Aras website you
| read about "Microsoft Enterprise Open Source Solutions", which is
| comical in and of itself.


A New Evangelist for Microsoft

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| When I first heard about this? let's call it "rumor," I have to admit
| that I was rather shocked at the very prospect of Microsoft wanting
| to bring on an "open source" evangelist into their ranks.

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