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Can't use Free Software with MS Software?

posted by pudge on 2001.06.21 15:00   Printer-friendly
Over at Slashdot is the story of how Microsoft has a user license for is Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit SDK that restricts mixing that code with Open Source code, even in just using some tools in developing with the SDK. One of the licenses mentioned as software that cannot be distributed with their software is the Artistic License, along with the GPL and others.

What does this mean for Perl, if anything? Does it restrict ActiveState from writing Perl interfaces to the software?

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  • <sarcasm>

    You see, it's the open source software that restricts what you can and can't do with your source. Remembmer: "GPL is Bad". So, the only potential problem with this licensing scheme is for folks with GPL and Artisitic licenses. If they didn't have those anti-IP licenses they wouldn't be in that pickle, now would they?

    The proper solution is for perl to move away from these anit-IP licenses. Future releases of perl should be closed source. Usage should be subscription based with fees going t
  • <preach target=choir,fenceriders,sans-serif style=../../../../../1792/>

    when the preliminary anti-trust hearings/discussions were on in the congress and everyone was generally agreed that microsoft was an evil monopoly, someone asked for a show of hands of those who owned an operating system besides windows. none was raised in a room of several hundred representatives and various staff.

    this was supposed to be proof of the monopoly. it was only proof of the idiocy and hypocrisy of the market that ma
    --
    -- 120 chars should be all we're allowed for epitaphs as well.
  • The referenced link is now 404.
  • Here is the text of the new EULA, run through Text::Autoformat.

    So, is M$ going to come after me on a copyright violation?
    ================================================== ======

    This is a legal agreement ("Agreement") between you (either an
    individual or an entity), the end user ("Recipient"), and Microsoft
    Corporation ("Microsoft"). BY INSTALLING, COPYING OR OTHERWISE USING
    THE SOFTWARE (AS DEFINED BELOW), YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS
    OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS
    A
  • Is something like this really new?

    If I write an app in Visual C++, and link it to the Microsoft Foundation Class library I can't redistribute the code in the MFC library.

    Microsoft has a Knowledge Base article on this: Q108192 [microsoft.com]

    Now as far as GPL being viral, if you want to see viral install an NT server on your network -- from that point forward everything that connects to it better be microsoft your you'll have to fight with it to get it to work.

    kevin

  • it's gigabyte with a "J" sound. learn some latin why don't you?

    <pedantry>"Giga" comes from Greek, not Latin, and the pronunciation of Latin g before i depends on what era of Latin you're speaking anyway. You're right that it's "j" in ecclesiastical Latin, but real pedants use classical.</pedantry>