Charnell Lucich

Microsoft’s Server Network Protocol Documentation Available to Open-Source Developers

Posted on: January 3, 2008

So… I’m reading an article last night that one of my co-workers linked me to that tells me how Samba gained legal access to Microsoft network file protocols. As I’m reading through the article my first thought is, “well, I wonder how Microsoft is going to spin this one off.” And then I see:

In the deal, the PFIF gets the actual documentation. Samba or other developers can then access the documentation if they agree to the NDA and pay 10,000 euros.

Definitely far from free and open. I showed this article to another co-worker this morning and I believe he hit the nail on the head when he responded with, “Sugar coated bullshit if you ask me.”

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