SF.net: MS debut and DMCA

(感謝黃世昆老師)兩個 sourceforge 上的計畫吸引了四月份大家的目光:WIX(Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset)與 Playfair(無效的連結)。前者是微軟工程師 Rob Mensching(他的個人 blog:when setup isn’t just xcopy)四年多自己時間的傑作(這裡是相關的新聞),後者是一套規避 Apple 上面的 DRM 的計畫,引起 DMCA 的注意。

底下引述的是 Rob Mensching 自己的現身說法。請參考。

“Now, let’s talk about why WiX was released as Open Source. First, working on WiX has never been a part of my job description or review goals. I work on the project in my free time. Second, WiX is a very developer oriented project and thus providing source code access increases the pool of available developers. Today, there are five core developers (Robert, K, Reid, and Derek, thank you!) regularly working on WiX in their free time with another ten submitting fixes occasionally. Finally, many parts of the Open Source development process appeal to me. Back in 1999 and 2000, I did not feel that many people inside Microsoft understood what the Open Source community was really about and I wanted to improve that understanding by providing an example.

After four and a half years of part-time development, the WiX design (and most of the code) matured to a point where I was comfortable trying to release it externally. So, last October I started looking for a means to release not only the tools but the source code as well. I thought GotDotNet was the place. However, at that time, none of the existing Shared Source licenses were flexible enough to accept contributions from the community. Then, in February, I was introduced to Stephen Walli who was also working to improve Microsoft’s relationship with the Open Source community. Fortunately, Stephen was much farther along than I and had the step-by-step plan how to release an Open Source project from Microsoft using an approved OSS license.

Today, via WiX on SourceForge, you get to see the results of many people’s efforts to improve Microsoft from the inside out. I’m not exactly sure what is going to happen next but I’m sure there are quite a few people who are interested to see where this leads. Personally, all I hope is that if you find the WiX toolset useful then you’ll join the community and help us improve the toolset."

SF.net: MS debut and DMCA 有 “ 4 則留言 ”

  1. Playfiar因為Apple採取法律行動而被撤掉了,但是DeCSS作者Jon Lech Johansen利用反向工程又寫出了類似的工具(DeDRMS),祇有230列,請參考http://nanocrew.net/blog/apple/huntingplayfair.html

  2. 很誠實地說,我對這個問題的意識,是一直到了前陣子逛 CD 店,看到了滿架子日本進口的 CCCD,以及自己花錢買了平生第一首線上下載單曲後,才開始覺得這整個問題的不對勁的。


    另一個我很驚訝的是(關於這一點請原諒我的驚訝,因為我不是那麼 technologically savvy),是在看了 Jon Lech 的原始程式碼後 [http://nanocrew.net/software/DeDRMS/DeDRMS-0.1/DeDRMS.cs],才發現原來像 Rijndael 編密方法,已經是許多系統內建支援的編解密演算法了,而 Apple 銷售數位音樂的技倆,竟然也是奠基於此。

    就在同一天晚上,因為朋友的轉寄,讀到了 R. Stallman 的這篇文章 [http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/can-you-trust.cn.html],裡面有提到 GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) 與微軟的新作業系統,同樣採用編密演算法,目的卻是不同的:你用 GPG 是為了自己的文件編解密所需,此處演算法服務的目的是使用者。軟體集團的「背叛了的計算」(翻成「邪惡運算」或「不軌運算」較貼切,中譯者要加油)則是利用演算法讓使用者臣服於他們,請見 Stallman 該文的註腳一。

    回到你的文章主旨,我的感想是我們的社會談論了太多的 copyright,然而 fair use 卻談得太少。

  3. 哈哈,糗從何來?我有的時候才赫然發現我曾經寫過某篇 blog。我也不太 tech-savvy,就是站在人的角度看跟聽科技的聲音呢。



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