Microsoft's near-OSD-compliant shared source license

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Tue Jul 1 02:34:55 UTC 2003

Any thoughts?

This is perhaps the one segment that makes it not OSD-compliant,
violating OSD #9, but I'm not sure:

  [You agree] [t]hat you are not allowed to combine or distribute the
  Software with other software that is licensed under terms that seek to
  require that the Software (or any intellectual property in it) be
  provided in source code form, licensed to others to allow the creation
  or distribution of derivative works, or distributed without charge.

It even includes a patent poison pill!


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