Re: Windows CE now 100% shared source

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 03 2006 - 22:30:31 CST

What is new here is that MS is opening the kernel. From my reading MS used to provide part but not all of the CE Source to developers so it could be adapted to the embedded system.

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>From: Arthur Keller <>
>Sent: Nov 3, 2006 9:25 PM
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>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Windows CE now 100% shared source
>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
>tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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