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Posted Nov 21, 2007 13:28 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
In reply to: 'closed source' by epa
Parent article: Fingerprint recognition using fprint

F/OSS = Free and/or Open Source software
shared source = source is available but software is proprietary (non-Free)
closed source = obvious


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Posted Nov 21, 2007 14:21 UTC (Wed) by epa (subscriber, #39769) [Link]

I think 'shared source' is an even more confusing term than 'closed source', perhaps
deliberately confusing, coined by Microsoft in an attempt to sound close enough to open source
and muddy the waters.

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Posted Nov 21, 2007 16:10 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck (guest, #2330) [Link]

While Microsoft's term is confusing, they certainly didn't invent the "source is available to licensees" concept, which is practically as old as computing.

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Posted Nov 22, 2007 8:51 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643) [Link]

I usually use 'source available', which has some usage in the industry where source is
provided to customers but cannot be redistributed, instead of 'shared source' which is a
marketing term invented by Microsoft.  F/OSS ('open source') and closed source are quite clear
as the other key terms.


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