MS Windows Going Open Source....sort of...

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by edesignuk, Jan 15, 2003.

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    edesignuk

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    In fear off goverments leaving the Windows platform in favour of open source solutions (linux?) Microsoft are offering the source code to several goverments.
    Full story.
     
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    alset

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    Let's hope everyone sees through this. Not likely.

    I wouldn't even want to see what Windows code looks like. It's surely not very pretty or efficient. On top of that, even if outsiders were to develop, I am certain M$ would still keep a tight strangle-hold on the final product, negating many advancements.

    Dan
     
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    iJon

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    damn im getting tired of windows. i just messed around all night trying to install windows 2003 server on a slave drive on my pc. screwed up everytime. now way i am putting it on my master, i got windows xp just the way i want it. i guess ill need to order the cd's from microsoft. i know this is a mac site but have any of you mac/pc people played with windows 2003 yet on your machine. it not be worth my time to install and check out.

    iJon
     
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    edesignuk

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    I can't say I've heard of Windows 2003 Server, do you mean .Net Server?
     
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    Here is an aritcle on OSnews.com:
    http://osnews.com/story.php?news_id=2515

    -Zach
     
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    iJon

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    no it is windows 2003. i am in their beta program and rc2 came out yesterday. i decided im gonna wait till my friend gets his official copy in because my burned cd's keep screwing up. i am very satisfied with xp though so i dont want to mess that up.

    iJon
     
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    Gelfin

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    Microsoft has made the source to Windows available to select partners for years, under very restrictive terms. Adding select government agencies to that list isn't much of a concession at all.

    A few years ago I worked for a partner who had access, and no, it's not pretty code at all. Much of what I saw looked to be intentionally obfuscated, which shouldn't be a surprise.
     
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    zarathustra

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    *in Homer Simpson voice, with eyes closed*
    "Hmmmmm... Obfuscated..."

    Seriously though, Just showing it to a select few, just like Gelfin said will not ammount to anything. People will NOT see through this and will assume that Microsoft is A. O. K. *gives thumbs up with fake smile*


    I wonder if by placing a harmless easter egg in the code (by people having access to MS source) - we could track any kind of change in the source. Most likely it would never show up in consumer software, because all possible suggestions would go in the trash bin.
     
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    GeneR

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    Isn't this just a publicity stunt?

    Sounds more like hot air than anything else. Why would M$ be willing to "go open source" with anything unless there was some damage control involved?

    Don't they have $40 billion in cash reserves and are working on rewriting windows from the ground up? I just don't get it. Please help enlighten me. It sounds like a bunch of poo-poo to me.

    :D
     

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