Re: Windows CE now 100% shared source

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Nov 03 2006 - 22:25:25 CST

At 7:37 PM -0800 11/3/06, Karl Auerbach wrote:
>charlie strauss wrote:
>> Microsoft is making 100 percent of the source code of the Windows CE
>> kernel available as part of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system
>> package, to everyone who gets the OS package.
>I have not seen the exact terms of the license but from the article it
>appears that this ability to view the code is limited to those who have paid
>the Microsoft fee to become Win CE developers.
>That's still a pretty big, expensive, and restrictive hurdle to overcome
>when "the public" want to inspect and test the system.
>And does the license come with ties-that-bind, i.e. restrictions that might
>prevent, or at least create difficulties for, an open-source, or inspectable
>source developer from working on non-Windows CE operating systems?

I have reason to believe Karl is right, because Microsoft has long
made available the source code to Windows CE to developers under NDA
(Non-Disclosure Agreement). At least it was the case under several
earlier version of Windows CE (4.x and 5.x).

Karl, I suggest you inquire about the Windows CE developers kit and
get a copy of the license agreement.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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