nobodyman

I was bummed to hear that Gary Kacmarcik (author of XNAExtras) had left Microsoft. His blog was very interesting and informative (and still is, but ).

XNAExtras is a very useful library. I see lots of opportunities to use it in my own work, but I'm hesitant to do so because I'd like to enter some of these programming contests and eventually have a commercial product.

Can anyone from Microsoft clarify the status of library from a licensing perspective Is it under a similar usage license as the starter kits Can a user fork it as a project in codeplex The source files contain a copyright line, but no other info on licensing terms.




Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Michael Klucher - MSFT

We are currently investigating this but no information as of yet. We'll post something when we have a resolution.




Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Alan Hinchcliffe

Any updates to the licensing issue




Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

David Weller - MSFT

You need to contact Gary directly about using his code.






Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Gary Kacmarcik

I've (finally) posted an update on the current status of XNAExtras:

http://garykac.blogspot.com/2007/04/xnaextras-whats-going-on.html

(Don't believe my signature - I no longer work at Microsoft. But the MSDN profile for this account (associated with my hotmail account) is locked so I can't update it. Grrr...)






Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

nobodyman

That's a bummer, Gary.

As I mentioned in an email exchange with you earlier, this is one of those rare situations in which competition ends up hurting the consumer. It just seems like everybody loses here: your hard work is wasted, the community misses out on a helpful tool, and by extension this hurts Microsoft's XNA initiative as XNAExtras was aimed squarely at the audience they are trying to reach.

I'm not trying to point fingers at Google or Microsoft -- they are both great companies with good people. I know it's a complicated matter. I just think it's a shame. That's all.

It looks like your blog posting was removed. I won't post it here as I'm sure that would only make matters worse. Ironically there's this really awesome search engine (perhaps you've heard of it) that still has it cached...






Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Darkside

you must obviously be talking about Windows Live Search, because it would be awfully naughty to mention competitors search engines or products here!!,

LOL






Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Gary Kacmarcik

^_^

An updated post (with all of the boring stuff removed) is at:

http://garykac.blogspot.com/2007/04/xnaextras-whats-going-on_30.html






Re: XNA Framework Status of XNAExtras?

Jim Perry

So who do we need to threaten at MS