New Windows Phone 7 Terms of Service Bans GPL Open Source Software (And Themselves in the Process!)

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dedgar

Maybe they should sue themselves. They've been such a fan of court cases in the past maybe they should take themselves to court. I think it would be interesting to see the outcome.

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brettofamerica

I don't know what it is but I have a feeling that Microsoft is going to win this one...

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phreek

Microsoft, Microsoft.. This is why the internet is making fun of you.

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kamikaji

Only Microsoft Game Studios and the branch responsible for the abomination that is WP7 are worth making fun of.  The actual "core" Microsoft is on a good path with WINdows 7.  

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PCLinuxguy

You'd think the higher ups at Microsoft would've learned from Apple's mistake and find a more productive way of working with the GPL rather than locking things down this tightly. I mean that's what made running Windows on any computer possible versus Apple getting ticked if you're not on Apple hardware and running their OS. By mimicking Apple, all they're doing is shooting themselves in the foot and only worsening the anti-Microsoft sentiments from the tech community that aren't fanboys of a rival OS.

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Neufeldt2002

Just another example of MS copying Apple. Getting kind of pathetic really.

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riopato

what's the reason for this open source ban? what are these open source software good for and could it possibly much up certain code?

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Maktaka

MS doesn't want to deal with conflicting license issues like Apple did with the VLC player. The iPhone app store licensing agreement is incompatible with open source licenses but doesn't directly state as much. The WP7 app store is also incompatible, and MS is heading it off at the pass by explicitly blocking open source apps. Whether or not making your app store incompatible with open source licensing is a good idea is another matter entirely.

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Eoraptor

Pretty much what Maktaka said. Apple ran into the issue where it tried to do something that specifically violated the VLC open license (IE limit how many clients it could play to at a time like Quicktime and Itunes) Microsoft wants to do exactly the same with any apps in its store, so that you are forced to utilize its clients or deal with crippled "inferior" aps from the store. Whether that's in media player aps, or some other arena like Outlook vs Thunderbird, who can say.

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tornato7

nice picture. Also I just noticed theres no more captcha! good job MAXPC!