In a question and answer session Bob Muglia mentions this:
"We˘re doing a number of things immediately. Starting today, we˘ll
publish on the MSDN Web site more than 30,000 pages of documentation
for Windows client and server protocols that were previously available
only under a trade secret license. We˘ll publish protocol documentation
for additional products, such as Office 2007, in the upcoming months.
This is really important because open access to this documentation will
allow third-party developers to connect to Microsoft˘s high-volume
products just as Microsoft˘s other products do.
allow open source developers to access these protocols for free for
development and non-commercial distribution. For commercial
distribution, Microsoft will license related patents on reasonable and
non-discriminatory terms, at low royalty rates."
Rdesktop isn't released commercially but distributors like RedHat and Novell might do so with their enterprise offerings. I can see there might be a problem with the commercial distribution terms as it applies to RedHat and Novell . Hopefully something can be worked out because the RDP documentation is there and can make life simpler for everyone wanting to inter-operate with Windows.
----- Original Message ----
From: Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>
To: Brad Hards <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 3:50:01 AM
Subject: Re: [rdesktop-devel] Microsoft protocols opened