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No joke, Microsoft is funding Apache

Two web server softwares dominate the market, the open-source Apache, a strong leader, and Microsft's IIS. As c|net reports, Microsoft has decided to support the foundation behind Apache. It seems to be an odd proposition to fund one's main (and winning) competitor. In this case, it seems the Apache license would allow such an oddity: it is not a General Public License (GPL), but rather one that allows to modify Apache then sell the results as one's own. If Microsoft wants to sell a good clone of Apache, having a good Apache to start with makes sense...

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hmmm but wait, if they do that, they forfeit their patents related to that technology. If you can prove their use of Apache 2 license code in any product in part or whole.. I think the case could be made for many patents in its portfolio?


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