Open source community day at Microsoft
Lecture by Martin von Haller Grønbæk at Microsoft Open Source Community day in Hellerup (Copenhagen).
The second Microsoft Open Source Community seminar held at Microsoft here in Copenhagen, was rather interesting. The fact that Microsoft are embracing people using the .NET technology for various open source projects cant come as a surprise to anyone, but rather that Microsoft is becomming increasingly aware of opening up some of their drawers, was surprising and will surely bring more business.
Not that Microsoft are giving away their software for free, nor helping developers around the world developing applications, but the fact that they have just released some 30.000 pages of documentation on MSDN on how to utilize their various interfaces in a long list of applications emphasizes their commitment to help people, like me, creating quality software. Previously, knowledge on how to code towards their interfaces was expensive, opening up will surely bring in more customers.
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, a danish lawyer specialising in open source licensing, spoke about how choosing the right license is a question of how to choose the right business model for your project. And how a project can consist of a mix of open source licenses, and not just one license. All depending on how you want to drive your business forward, the correct mix is essential for the success of the project.
If you want to know more about open souce community day, have a look at Henriks blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/henrikwh/archive/2008/04/16/open-source-udvikling-licenser.aspx
The next seminar will be held later this year. I will post the time and place here when it is announced.
5. maj 2008, umbraco_system