OPEN SOURCE seems to be getting some flippancy from software giant Microsoft and the organisation's attitude is not too welcome in some quarters.
One thing about the open source movement is that they all like to believe that they are serious about what they do. You can dress up like a Ninja and attack Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman with a rolled up newspaper, but he will see you off with some clever coding quip that will leave you wondering.
So apparently the movement is having a Queen Victoria moment about the Microsoft Open Source project, Common Opensource Application Publishing Platform (CoApp) Wiki. Its FAQ has the question, "LA LA LA LA LA I'm not listening. Most open source projects can't afford a code signing certificate!" and answer "Stop that. I've already told you that it will not be an issue. Signing Code is not optional."
Strange when coming from a willfully clueless outfit like Camp Vole, but then we can't all be IBM. But the user friendly Vole seems to have angered the open sourcerors, who "are not amused", saying that it is proof that Redmond does not take the open source community seriously.
Open source site Xen.org's community manager Stephen Spector wrote in a Network World op-ed that it "just makes me want to go right out and start working on this project... I am also still searching the site to find out who owns the source code written and what license the software will be placed under, a basic concept in open source projects."
Spector clearly thinks Microsoft might not really support its own open source project, and he might be right. The Vole clearly hates open source and has been trying to co-opt and subvert it.
However providing a moment of lightness anywhere in a FAQ can only be a good thing as far as we can see. µ
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