The OSI have just approved the Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Reciprocal License as official open source licenses now. Understandably, this has generated some online debate. I’ve read them, and I don’t see the big deal. The former license appears to be quite MIT-like, with the addition of a couple of explicit patent clauses (contributors agree not to sue you over patents, unless you sue them). The latter is much the same, except with the additional clause that you have to pass on the licensed source code to recipients of binary code.
Had a good time at Google today - their campus is absolutely massive and there are quirky things like the replica of SpaceShipOne hanging over the main stairwell (pictured) and a T-Rex skeleton inexplicably present in the grounds - apparently its name is ‘Stan’ athough I actually think ‘Alta Vista’ or ‘Lycos’ might have been more appropriate. The mentor summit went well, I met Greg (aka Xavier) in person finally which was cool, along with loads of other people including Marten from Crystal Space, the guys from BZFlag (I’d met Sean from BZFlag at Siggraph before so it was good to talk again), plus developers from Theora, Eclipse, Apache, Drupal, Joomla and lots of others.
If the post title made you think of an awful film of the same name and the awful title single that went with it, I apologise. It popped into my head this morning unsummoned, and I’ll be darned if I’m going to be the only one trying to engage a mental decontamination protocol. Yes, over the next 24 hours I’m heading over to the west coast of the USA to attend the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, for a full day of debate and general open source geekery.
Open Season Episiode 3 Definitely worth taking the time to listen in on this podcast if you’re interested in open source and the effect it has on business (and vice versa). Also a little depressing if you’re an open source project leader and you hear them say that unless you’re doing at least $10m a year revenue you’re ‘not relevant’ 😉