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[2]: Comment by Redeeman
by Redeeman on Tue 24th Nov 2009 02:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Redeeman"
Redeeman
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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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RE[4]: Comment by Redeeman
by Redeeman on Tue 24th Nov 2009 16:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Redeeman"
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

"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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except they are NOT abiding by the GPL, as they are not distributing the EXACT source required to build the original tool.

and using a subcontractor is not a valid excuse, THEY distributed the tool, THEY have the responsibility.

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