Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Xavi Drudis Ferran xdrudis at
Sat Apr 6 11:10:20 UTC 2002

El Sat, Apr 06, 2002 at 08:17:38AM +0100, Alex Hudson deia:
> > 
> > Can someone tell me whether we should expect this tactic against any Free
> > Software .net implementations?  Thanks, MJR.

I don't remember reading it myself, but apparently this may talk about
it (Ballmer at CeBIT).  Of course you possibly have to read through the FUD.

And, to Alex, RAND is incompatible with free software, and if it wasn't we should check 
the exact terms of the ECMA policy (is M$ forced to diclose/license all patents, 
or can they claim later they didn't realise they had a patent that blocks 
the standard?). 

Xavi Drudis Ferran
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