[opensource] Microsoft Dreamspark

Brian Swaney swaney.29 at osu.edu
Wed Feb 20 21:19:54 EST 2008

Haven't they been doing this for a while with C# and whatnot? Isn't this 
what their new "cross-platform" XNA thing is ntSig talked about last 
quarter? If you read its license agreement, it requires that you agree 
never to port it to a non-Microsoft OS in return for being able to make 
your own XBox games (the multiple platoforms being different versions of 
Windows, alongside the XBox as another OS).

-Brian Swaney

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Marc Uhrich wrote:
> Microsoft is now offering their developer and design tools to students 
> at no charge. Since this is a mailing list of developers, I thought it 
> might be a nice opportunity for people to get their hands on SQL 
> Server 2005 Developer Edition, Visual Studio 2008 or Windows Server 2003.
> In order to relate this to the topic of open source, I’d have to say 
> it is an ingenuous tactic by Microsoft to try to hook the kids while 
> they’re young. I know many developers that stuck with open source or 
> portable languages exclusively because they grew proficient with them 
> in college. Developers who only know how to use Microsoft products 
> will require businesses to purchase at the very least a server product 
> and a copy of the developer product. Seems like the empire is striking 
> back……
> Linkage
> https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Products.aspx
> Marc Uhrich
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