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Windows "Windows XP was the last client version of Windows to include the Pinball game that had been part of Windows since Windows 95. There is apparently speculation that this was done for legal reasons. No, that's not why." I love these stories.
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If only Microsoft...
by FreeGamer on Wed 19th Dec 2012 00:55 UTC
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Member since:
2007-04-13

...wasn't an enemy of Free software.

If they had open sourced the game, it would have been fixed up almost instantly and saved, instead of binned.

It may even have been improved!

Of course, proving the open source model can work well is not something I'm sure Microsoft executives would be keen on.

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RE: If only Microsoft...
by Wafflez on Wed 19th Dec 2012 01:02 in reply to "If only Microsoft..."
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Read the article - Microsoft doesn't own Pinball and cannot release the source code. So begin with "If only Microsoft... would own the code".

Less Linux zealotry, more facts.

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RE[2]: If only Microsoft...
by kwan_e on Wed 19th Dec 2012 03:27 in reply to "RE: If only Microsoft..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Less Linux zealotry, more facts.


Where was Linux mentioned in the comment?

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RE[2]: If only Microsoft...
by phreck on Wed 19th Dec 2012 11:52 in reply to "RE: If only Microsoft..."
phreck Member since:
2009-08-13

I have the feeling that there's more Open-Source/Free-Software-Phobia from some Windows users than there is Free-Software-Zealotry; in other words, I see more free-software-bashing than vice versa.

And interestingly (my own real life experience), those participating in free-software-hate are also often those ignoring and being ignorant on open-source licenses and their terms, but still grabbing such code ("got that from google"), no matter what.

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RE: If only Microsoft...
by Nelson on Wed 19th Dec 2012 01:17 in reply to "If only Microsoft..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The above comment is everything that's wrong with Open Source zealotry. Holy fuck.

I think you made me invent a new way to scratch my head in disbelief.

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RE[2]: If only Microsoft...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 19th Dec 2012 02:18 in reply to "RE: If only Microsoft..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Hurry up, you better go patent that.

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