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Does Microsoft have the best app store for open source developers?

WebMink (258041) writes | about 2 years ago

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WebMink writes "Microsoft seems to have been in combat against the GNU GPL throughout the history of free and open source software. But that may be changing. They have recently updated the terms of use for software developers in their Windows Phone app store to allow any OSI-approved open source license — even the GPL. They include extraordinarily broad language that gives the open source license priority over their own license terms, saying:

if your Application or In-App Product includes FOSS, your license terms may conflict with the limitations set forth in Section 3 of the Standard Application License Terms, but only to the extent required by the FOSS that you use

Could it be that the most open source friendly app stores will be the ones run my Microsoft?"
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The answer is no, but for actual reasons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42692399)

Given the Google Play store is license-agnostic entirely and the Windows Phone App Store notes some conflicts between their terms and FOSS licenses, I'm going to say... no. Definitively no, in fact.

This answer has nothing to do with a certain asshole's meme regarding headlines that everyone keeps quoting. My answer actually involves logic and facts, not a snarky know-it-all attitude. What DOES involve a snarky know-it-all attitude, however, is how I am now openly questioning how much Microsoft paid off the author of this article to have it written for them.

Re: The answer is no, but for actual reasons (1)

SteveDorries (1313401) | about 2 years ago | (#42697301)

Perhaps it's not as FLOSS friendly as Google Play, but it's a hell of a lot better than the Apple AppStore
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