Re: Microsoft co-opts open source approach?

From: Joseph S. Barrera III (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 07:15:52 PST

Doesn't sound very earth-shattering to me, nor does it sound anything
like a move to open source. Sounds more like DEC's fiche of VMS source.
The customer can do more of the debugging himself, but the vendor
always remains firmly in control of the source.

- Joe

Gary Pupurs writes:
> In a major extension of corporate policy, Microsoft has quietly started a
> program to provide selected large enterprise customers with copies of the
> source code for Windows 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server and Data
> Center), Windows XP (released betas) and all related service packs.
> The standard agreement, which resembles those under which IBM has
> traditionally made source code of its operating systems available, allows
> customers to consult the Windows source code when debugging their own
> applications and to better integrate Windows with individual corporate
> environments.
> However, the agreement does not allow customers to modify or customize the
> code, and Microsoft anticipates that problems or bugs that customers may
> find in Windows will be reported to Microsoft for resolution through normal
> support channels.

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