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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-09 Print this article Print

A Microsoft spokesman on Wednesday declined to give specific details about the CEP licensing agreement until its formally announced tonight, except to say that "once the pre-requirements for eligibility are met, this is a no-fee program, as is the case with all Shared Source Initiative offerings." However, Microsoft has previously said its Shared Source Initiative "makes source code more broadly available while preserving the intellectual property rights that sustain a strong software business.
"Each source-licensing program … is tailored to the needs of a particular Microsoft constituent community and can be applied as a model for increasing code transparency throughout commercial software. Shared Source is an evolving framework that will support additional source-code access programs and licenses involving many Microsoft product groups," the company has said.
More information on the shared source licensing program and the new CEP is available here. A Microsoft spokesman told eWEEK on Wednesday that a number of companies, including ARM Ltd., BSQUARE Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Samsung Electronics have joined the CEP pilot program and are already developing differentiated embedded products. Hitachi, for example, has already begun shipping devices based on Windows CE with modifications under the CEP. Shigeru Matsuoka, a general manager in Hitachis Mobile Information & Communication Appliance division, said in a statement that having the rights to modify the Windows CE .Net source code allowed the company to create an enhanced user experience, specifically for one of its new mobile devices. It also let it bring optimized and differentiated devices to market quickly, he said. Latest Microsoft News:
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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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