Still, Microsoft executives believe their current policy of sharing source
code only with its biggest and best customers, who need it to customize mission-critical
applications and other projects, is the way to go.
Microsoft officials see the GNU GPL as a land mine of sorts for those developers
who combine their own proprietary code in with code borrowed from the open-source
"The problem with open source is its close association with the GPL, where
if you distribute software that has open source in it, then you are giving away
it all away. That doesn't make sense to us," the Microsoft executive said.