Ben Laurie blathering

Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise

The Software Freedom Law Centre has published an analysis of the OSP. I don’t really care whether the OSP is compatible with the GPL, but their other points are a concern for everyone relying on the OSP, whether they write free software or not.


  1. Interesting analysis, certainly, revealing some worrying get-out clauses. However, there’s another interesting question – since when, have published Microsoft specifications been both accurate and complete?

    Comment by Dave Walker — 13 Mar 2008 @ 20:58

  2. I see no cause for concern, as per my post at

    Comment by Mike Jones — 17 Mar 2008 @ 2:18

  3. […] Jones (of Microsoft) tells me I was wrong to be worried about Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise. I wasn’t actually that worried, but now I […]

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