Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:06 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has delayed the open source release of their Windows 7 USB/DVD tool, which contained GPL code. "As you know, Microsoft recently committed to making the source code as well as binaries for the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool available this week, under the terms of the General Public License v2 as described here. While we worked extremely hard to try and get the code ready for release by today, we still need to test and localize it. Our goal is now to release the tool in all languages on the same day in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool available once again."
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RE: Comment by Redeeman
by umccullough on Tue 24th Nov 2009 01:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by Redeeman"
umccullough
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2006-01-26

why do they need to stability test it? they should release the EXACT code used to create the binaries they distributed before, no less, no more..


Well, basically they've violated the GPL...

So it looks like they're *trying* to make good with the original GPL authors and release a work-a-like tool based on the same source code at this point.

The end result is that they still violated the GPL, but in a goodwill effort, intend to provide something similar based on the same GPL code instead.

For all we know, the company they outsourced the original project to has "lost" the code... meaning that Microsoft may have to re-create everything from scratch now as they were the ones caught violating the terms of GPL by releasing it to the public.

All speculation on my part, of course.

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RE[2]: Comment by Redeeman
by Redeeman on Tue 24th Nov 2009 02:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Redeeman"
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

I realize that, what im trying to do is expose their decietful half-compliance....

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RE[3]: Comment by Redeeman
by umccullough on Tue 24th Nov 2009 03:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Redeeman"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I realize that, what im trying to do is expose their decietful half-compliance....


Makes one wonder if they've already contacted the authors of the GPL code in question and worked out a compliance deal with them or not.

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RE[3]: Comment by Redeeman
by BluenoseJake on Tue 24th Nov 2009 05:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Redeeman"
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2005-08-11

I realize that, what im trying to do is expose their decietful half-compliance....


There is no evidence of deceit on Microsofts part. The tool was written by a contractor, so it may be just what MS says it is, a mistake on their part, and an infringement by the subcontractor. At least they owned up to it and are abiding by the GPL.

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