.Net – Now you can look (but no more)

Some people think something big happened over at Microsoft….

Miguel De Icaza (http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2007/Oct-03.html):

“People that are interested in continuing to contribute to Mono, or that are considering contributing to Mono’s open source implementation of those class libraries should not look at this upcoming source code release.”

“Sun and Java: it is possible that some customers were getting cozy with the ease of access to Java source code to the class libraries and this had some mounting pressure on Microsoft.”

Now I have at least two questions:

– Will Microsoft go all the way to open source .Net like Sun did it for Java?

– how many customers will (mis)understand this announcement as the open sourcing of .Net? (Scoble is not alone).

Also of interest is Ted Neward posting the Q&A from Microsoft

Q. Is this an open-source release?

Microsoft believes that a consistent framework for releasing source code – one the community can rely on – delivers the best value for customers and minimizes confusion. This is why use a set of source licenses, with clearly differentiated purposes, for source releases. (See
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensingbasics/sharedsourcelicenses.mspx ) This particular release is being offered under the Microsoft Reference License.

If that doesn’t read clearly to you, the short answer is NO.

Oh and finally, no tarball download it seems.


Author: alexismp

Google Developer Relations in Paris.