Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Mar 2008 20:23 UTC, submitted by SomeMicroserf
OSNews, Generic OSes Microsoft has released source code from the Singularity research project onto Codeplex under an academic, non-commercial license. "The Singularity Research Development Kit is based on the Microsoft Research Singularity project. It includes source code, build tools, test suites, design notes, and other background materials. The Singularity RDK is for academic non-commercial use only and is governed by this license."
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RE: So close, and yet so far
by Almafeta on Tue 4th Mar 2008 21:44 UTC in reply to "So close, and yet so far"
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Any real open source project is going to stay the hell away from this code

But's it's still good for its intended purpose -- teaching the techniques, not the system.

Singularity is part of an attempt to create a different way of developing operating systems. Saying that this code can't be used in 'real' projects is beside the point. The idea is not to get people to jury-rig Singularity into a usable operating system; it's to read the papers and look at the code to teach people how to write better OSs.

Personally, I think this is an awesome, happy surprise.

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google_ninja Member since:

Well, its better then not releasing it ;-)

ROTOR is a .net framework done by MS for BSD, which is also under the MS-LA. Mono contributions require you saying you havn't looked at it. Same principals apply. It wouldnt be an issue if you worked on something like linux or haiku, but if you wanted to write a .net OS, reading anything in it would be quite dangerous.

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RE[2]: So close, and yet so far
by renox on Wed 5th Mar 2008 10:20 in reply to "RE: So close, and yet so far"
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[[But's it's still good for its intended purpose -- teaching the techniques, not the system.]]

Not really because if you ever reuse the techniques in another non-academic project, Microsoft could probably sue you.

So it's a very strange 'teaching' really..

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