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.

Also, we˘ll 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 <>
To: Brad Hards <>
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 3:50:01 AM
Subject: Re: [rdesktop-devel] Microsoft protocols opened


On Fri, 22 Feb 2008, Brad Hards wrote:

> On Friday 22 February 2008 10:35:47 pm Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> > 'cause it is hard and boring _work_?  Besides, _yyou_ brought the
> > topic up.
> No, I didn't.

Sorry.  You sure sounded like that one.  Especially your defensive mode.

I apologise,

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