Some time ago, the event that WinGet, Microsoft’s software package management tool, copied the open source project AppGet, was in the air. In response, Microsoft also responded by admitting that “Keivan and AppGet” had “failed” and acknowledged Keivan and AppGet’s contribution to Microsoft’s new project, but did not apologize. Recently, foSSBYTES, amedia outlet, gave an exclusive interview to Keivan Beigi, the author of AppGet, to learn about his thoughts and comments on topics related to open source and the Windows ecosystem.
In this interview, In response to the choice of open source licenses and the protection of developers’ rights and interests, Keivan Beigi noted that developers can take some time to understand the licenses they choose and what they mean.
And said, “I fully know what I chose and what it means, and I don’t regret it.” I think there is a positive trend in the open source community, with many popular projects (such as Cockroach DB, Sentry, Redis, MariaDB, etc.) re-licensed as commercial source licenses, and users can host the project themselves for free. But if companies like Amazon and Microsoft want to sell their software in SaaS, their behavior will not be allowed. I really like this approach and I think we’re going in the right direction. “
On the other hand, in WSL’s view, Keivan Beigi sees WSL as a magic move for Microsoft. “I think it’s a fantastic move for Microsoft. Although its initial release was very bad, every release since then is getting better and better. “
At the same time, Keivan Beigi believes that while Microsoft is trying to add more Linux to Windows, it also has a mature Linux kernel. But WSL doesn’t let many people switch from Linux to Windows, but it has the potential to reduce the number of developers migrating from Windows to Mac or Linux.
“I’m sure that in some cases, developers will consider switching to Linux for a better development experience. Now they can have the same experience in Windows without having to give up any other applications (Office, games, Adobe suites, etc.). But then again, the most common reason I hear people leave Windows is privacy or other ideological issues that WSL can’t solve. “
As for FSF’s move to send Microsoft hard drives and want to open source Windows 7, Keivan Beigi says it’s a crazy idea that will never happen. “Someone should tell the good people of the FSF. If you want someone to do something for you, especially what they really don’t need to do; don’t start with bad breath on them, no matter how real you think they are.” And, in the end, Windows 7 is Microsoft’s own software, and we may not be so qualified to ask people to release it as free software. And there’s a lot of non-Microsoft code embedded in Windows that just makes the idea less viable.
In addition, Keivan Beigi also shows that the hope that Microsoft’s recent anti-trump approach to open source initiatives is not just to create a good image, but to really change from the heart. More details about the interview can be found here.