The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is up in arms over some of the terms that Microsoft is looking to put in its server licence. According to a EU ruling from last year, Microsoft has to allow third party tools to work together with Windows Server. But the licence that Microsoft has drafted to enable this, effectively blocks out any open source application, the FSF told Builder.com
Microsoft demands a fee to use Microsoft technical documentation to implement Microsoft server protocols, based on the number of applications sold. But open source doesn't sell any software, nor does it track how many of the applications are downloaded. In short, it doesn't have the money to pay Microsoft and doesn't know how to measure the number of licence fees it should pay to Microsoft.
If the European Commission approves the Microsoft licence, open source applications such as Samba will be blocked from working with Microsoft software. That surely couldn't have been what the EU wanted to achieve when it convicted Microsoft.
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