"Open" licensing at Microsoft

By: J.D. Hildebrand

Abstract: It's not "open source," but "open checkbook."

"Open" licensing at Microsoft

It's not "open source," but "open checkbook."

ZDNet's Evan Leibovitch has written a wry, entertaining column about the appropriation of the word "open" by marketers at Microsoft, Adobe, Computer Associates, and other companies.

The latest wrinkle: More companies are starting to use the word "open" to describe volume-purchase licenses. No source code is delivered; neither beer nor speech is guaranteed to be free.


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