Hysteria and FUD at their finest.
First, the major hoopla seems to be over this quote:
Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit Open Source Initiative, said that provisions in three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses that restrict source code to running only on the Windows operating system would contravene a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses as laid out by the OSI. By those rules, code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as they see fit.
"I am certain that if they say Windows-only machines, that would not fly because that would restrict the field of use," said Tiemann in an interview late Friday.
Huh? The limitation is on 2 of 5, not 3 of 5. I'm not at all certain the "limited" licenses were submitted to OSI, and if they were, so what? Don't accept them, if it's politically a bad move. Regardless, the vileness directed at Microsoft, when they
have submitted 3 worth licenses and are in the process of actually using those licenses, seems to contradict the goals of these folks (well, other than the goal of destroying Microsoft at all costs, including costs counter to the other goals).
Let me please clarify something for you. Most of us do *not* want Microsoft to participate.
Seems to summarize the whole thing up to me.
With regard to IronRuby, which will be released under one of these licenses:
Separate implementations. Yup. Just like ODF and PDF. Microsoft can't play nicely with others, folks. It has to have its own, and if you are stoopid, you will help them take over the world. Guess who won't be allowed to play in that world, by the way? The GPL and true FOSS. You think?
Utter idiocy. PJ isn't a developer, so she attributes the decisions made here to something she understands and expects (i.e. something evil on the part of Microsoft). Anyone with any knowledge knows this is so blatantly false, that it should illicit guffaws.
The implementations vary, because Microsoft wants all of their dynamic languages to be based on the DLR for interopability (and other technical) reasons. Politics are absent here, except on PJ's part.
Honestly, the FSF folks are militant to the point they remind me of certain images from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (heads up their...). If you wanna be anti-MS, fine, what ever floats your boat. But once you step off the ledge of sanity, well, they make rubber rooms for that.