Jan 31

A debate is raging on the ‘net these days as to whether all software, music and digital content should be free.

Wouldn’t it be great if all software was free?  And if cars, homes, sex and big-screen TVs were free too.  And I wish I could stop paying my taxes, fly like a bird, see through solid objects with X-ray vision, and poop out golden eggs by the dozen.

But unfortunately there’s a big difference between fantasy and reality, and in the real world:

If something has value,
we have to pay for it.

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Oct 08

Microsoft has announced that it will release the source code for the .NET Framework with .NET version 3.5 later this year.  Microsoft will release the code under its Reference License.  This is essentially “read-only mode,” meaning that you can view the source code for reference and debugging, but you cannot modify or distribute the code.  This is Microsoft’s most restrictive shared-code license and should not be confused with “open source” code such as Linux and the projects on SourceForge.Net. Continue reading »

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