Funny how just a few years ago, Microsoft claimed that the GPL, Linux, and Open Source was a "cancer" to the software technology world. It's also funny how they called those of us who developed for - and used - such technology were "Communists" hell-bent on brining down the way corporate America does business.
Of course, this idea is complete non-sense.
Yet, on February 21st, 2008, Microsoft is now releasing APIs of their own software freely to those who wish to develop software with them. They've also vowed not to sue those who use and release their APIs in non-commercial software projects.
Okay, so it's not exactly the same as releasing software under the GPL (General Public License). But I find it amusing to see how Microsoft is now changing the tune they (little Billy G.) have been singing since the late seventies.
At one time, in Microsoft's eyes, hobby programmers were thieves. Now, they want them coding for their software.
I guess Gandhi was right. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Looks like Linux and Open Source are on the winning slope. And hopefully Microsoft are starting to suffocate under their own weight.