A moment of snark: DreamSpark

Microsoft is running a program called “DreamSpark”, where students get Microsoft tools free to use in creating software for particular academic activities, as long as it’s non-commercial and student status can be verified.

That’s great – I’m not knocking the provision of software that’s normally too expensive to buy so that people can learn.  However, I do want to contrast it against BSD (and Linux, too) – where all the development tools come with your free system, and have been doing so with BSD for 3 decades.

For additional snarkiness, compare the Microsoft terms of use and the BSD license.