Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Nov 2007 19:46 UTC, submitted by WillM
Microsoft "InformationWeek recently interviewed Bill Hilf, Microsoft's leading light on open source issues. Since coming to Microsoft from IBM in 2003, Hilf has been inextricably involved with Microsoft's strategy for dealing with Linux. He's recently been appointed general manager of Windows Server marketing and platform strategy, which means he's taking on an expanded role, but open source is still one of his core issues."
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i have an ideal
by muffenme on Sat 17th Nov 2007 07:03 UTC
muffenme
Member since:
2006-01-05

Microsoft should open source code that they no longer use in there software. For ex. Windows 1.x, Windows 2.x, Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.x, Windows 4.x ( aka Windows 9x, and Windows ME ), Windows NT 4.x, The older Office per 2004 (this could be any expt current version), MS-DOS any version, etc., etc. Wow that be alot of lines of code.

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RE: i have an ideal
by raver31 on Sat 17th Nov 2007 09:17 in reply to "i have an ideal"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

can I have a big jumbo jar of lube and an overcoat?

I need to prepare for these monkeys that are about to fly outta my butt, on this cold day in hell where it is snowing.

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RE: i have an ideal
by chrono13 on Sat 17th Nov 2007 15:04 in reply to "i have an ideal"
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2006-10-25

To what purpose? Any license such code would be released under would most certainly explicitly prohibit the use of the code in any way.

Then there is the unfortunate issue that much of that code is still in the current versions. Some of it still used, most of it unused, but I would wager that more than you would care to believe is still there. I know many of the same unchanged files still are.

And in releasing code that can not be used for anything, by anyone, the only potential impact it may have would be as a weapon in later months or years against successful reverse-engineered projects like WINE and ReactOS.

I say let them keep their old dead code to themselves.

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RE: i have an ideal
by islander on Sat 17th Nov 2007 17:56 in reply to "i have an ideal"
islander Member since:
2007-04-11

Wont happen.We might end up seeing a better Windows not made by Microsoft themselves.LOL.

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