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Curious
by Sodapop on Wed 25th Jan 2006 15:09 UTC
Sodapop
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2005-07-06

Now don't flame me, I'm just curious. How would the makers of Linux know for a fact that Microsoft wasn't stealing code if Microsoft has a closed source policy?.

I'm not saying they are, just wanted to know how they would know if they were stealing.

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RE: Curious
by nimble on Wed 25th Jan 2006 15:20 in reply to "Curious"
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2005-07-06

I'm not saying they are, just wanted to know how they would know if they were stealing.

It's difficult and time-consuming to do, but it is possible to find similarities by looking at disassembled code and investigating its behaviour in a debugger.

It's easier if the stolen code has not been obfuscated and program symbols appear in the executable. The PearPC rip-off a while back was found out that way.

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RE: Curious
by Deviate_X on Wed 25th Jan 2006 15:28 in reply to "Curious"
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2005-07-11

Now don't flame me, I'm just curious. How would the makers of Linux know for a fact that Microsoft wasn't stealing code if Microsoft has a closed source policy?.

Many ornagisations seem to have access to the windows source code these days...

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensing/windows.m... at least on of them would could have blown a whistle by now...??

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RE[2]: Curious
by Ookaze on Wed 25th Jan 2006 16:01 in reply to "RE: Curious"
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2005-11-14

Many ornagisations seem to have access to the windows source code these days...

They seem but they don't. At least not in the same sense that you have access to Linux and FOSS source code.
The best I have seen on Windows, is some OEM have small parts of some component of Windows, under NDA and with lots of restrictions.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensing/windows.m..... at least on of them would could have blown a whistle by now...??

You're taking MS marketing as facts ?! You really believe these people have access to actual current source code of Windows that compiles and that they can modify ? Are you insane ?

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