Microsoft now has 2 Open Source licenses
Via LWN, Microsoft now has 2 approved Open Source licenses. They don’t seem like very Microsoft-like licensed, which tends to be very long winded (then again, the same can be said for some Open Source licenses).
The two licenses are:
They seem like quite straight-forward licenses, except that I’m having a bit of trouble understanding what “If you bring a patent claim against any contributor over patents that you claim are infringed by the software, your patent license from such contributor to the software ends automatically.” means. I wish that lawyers could start using language that is easier to understand for non-native English speakers.
I think it will be interesting to see whether they’ll actually release anything useful under these licenses. I read the announcements from their Open Source portal via their RSS feed, and so far it’s just been marketing speak, and the software they have featured so far is rather dull, unless you are the type of person who would find wiki’s written in .net or IIS extensions exciting ;)