For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

Rick Moen rick at
Fri Aug 17 17:23:54 UTC 2007

Quoting Matthew Flaschen (matthew.flaschen at

> I think this would be a very useful step.  If OSI approves these
> licenses, it will be recognizing that part of Microsoft's shared source
> licensing program is open source.

That would be, as it turns out, because those two licences _are_ open
source, and constitutes what we call "recognition of obvious truth" and
"conducting a certification mark programme with integrity".

> Microsoft could reciprocate by clearly distinguishing this part from
> the rest.

It would indeed be good for Microsoft Corporation to make some effort to
distinguish licences that are open source from ones that aren't.  Maybe
a Venn diagram on the Shared Source Web page.  ;->  (Not intended as a
serious suggestion.  Some readers may need to consult a professional

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