Microsoft willing to make Windows 'open source'

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by irmongoose, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California

    Read all about it.

  2. irmongoose thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    No one has a comment? Did this already get posted before??

  3. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    Well, I don't think this will cause any major differences.

    From what I've read in other articles, their "shared-source" policy allows major customers to see sections of the source code that might help them understand a particular problem. I don't believe they are allowed to modify it in any way, and they are not allowed to see the entire source code tree.

    It may help large customers debug certain problems, but I don't think this will magically transform their corporate image. ;)
  4. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i heard that it could be something ms could be forced to do when they got in trouble with uncle sam

    could you see bg open sourcing?
  5. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    It's nothing but a shrewd marketing move, there's nothing wrong with keeping some of your code propietary, MS just used that to bully other competitors out of business.

    We luv open source my ass. :rolleyes:
  6. mischief macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2001
    Santa Cruz Ca

    As I stare into my crystal Ball.........

    I see Moto selling it's Semi conductor dept. to a European company. I see that Europeans love Macs and Hate MS. I see G5 coming out in early 2004 as Apple's low end chip under IBM's Power 4 Lite.

    I see Steve announcing them to wild cheering and there is a slight pause..... he says: " Oh, and just 1 more thing. Now that we have the baddest ass hardware in the industry we're releasing OS X for x86."

    I see Hammer and Itanium having continual delays that allow Apple's new chips to hit market 6 months ahead of either of the x86 64-bit chips.

    I see M$ floundering in trying to catch a market that has abandoned them.:D
  7. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    Re: Heh......

    I like your vision of the future... even if it is rather unlikely.
  8. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    its not open source, its shared source. the license is highly restrictive and does not promote new software.

    the only thing that this initiative is is a brilliant PR move, even tho it can still potentially backfire. If the source code initiative becomes popular and people like it, m$ looks like the good guy. If not, they can just say "I told you so." and close it back up due to people not caring.

    For me its just another attempt at saving face when faced with stiff competition and inquisition. Open source is NOT about code. Open source is about the license. Its about promoting new software. Encouraging programmers to get their feet wet and attempt to create great products. This is why M$ has still made no attempt embrace open source in many people's eyes. M$ wants a proprietary world, but the ongoing evolution of computing is dictating the opposite.
  9. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    turn coat

    MS has pulblicly damed open souce and now they say they "love it" I beleave that you could get the souce code from MS for a long time... but you couldnt do anything with it and you had to sware your life away. and... its very expensive... very very expensive. Who cares if MS lets a few select customers. That has nothing to do with the open souce comunity. I want a MS kernal that i can compile my self. I want to break it fix it and plug all the security wholes... that is open source. I want to download it with out MS knowing my name and SS number.

    then again... I just want a Mac... so I dont really care about Windows at all. I just use it at work because thats what was on the lap top they issued me.


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