June 14, 2004
'Shared Source' Is a Lie
Kelly McNeill writes "Microsoft has been hyping its 'share source' initiative as having all the benefits of open source with none of their claimed drawbacks. Let me be the one to burst Microsoft's bubble. It's nothing like open source, but we all knew that. Having "access" to Microsoft's source code only means that it can be studied. Producing new software, or even fixing the company's bugs, is strictly verboten. Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which analyzes Microsoft's attempt at copying the open source business model."