[clug-talk] News & Views: Save Vista By Open SOurcing It

Tek Budda TekBudda at shaw.ca
Wed May 10 13:10:11 PDT 2006

Mitchell Brown wrote:
> I have to agree - this might happen some day. When Hell freezes over!!
> Seriously, Microsoft has no reason to it. The Microsoft fanboys will
> still purchase Windows no matter how insecure or unstable it is.
> Because, to alot of them, Linux just screams "HARDDD!!!" and they
> don't want to take the time to learn it. Does this guy honestly think
> Bill Gates is just gonna open source it? Man...
> But lets just imagine if this did happen. The world would, literally,
> change forever. Even people who have no interest in how the OS works,
> they'd be effected. There'd be dozens and even hundreds of spinoffs
> (www.windowsdistrowatch.com OMG can you imagine?!) of it and it would
> be chaos. Microsoft would instantly regret the decision as the Linux
> zealots would get their sometimes "grubby" (no offence) paws into it
> and start changing it all around.
> As cool as it would be -- in reality - who really wants opensource Windows? O_o

Just a note that the blog author indicates ÏF"ms went this way, they 
would likely have a a license similar if not their own license similar 
to OpenSolaris (CDDL), which allows for open source contributions but 
still gives them the finally ok and control.

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