Microsoft Source Code Leaked.
joliver at john-oliver.net
Sat Feb 14 15:54:27 PST 2004
On Sat, Feb 14, 2004 at 02:49:13PM -0800, Joshua Penix wrote:
> Second, even if you're interested to look, I'd highly advise not doing
> so. Simply downloading the source code is probably not a good idea,
> since the FBI is now involved. It's also not a morally good idea - just
> because *you* believe in open source doesn't give you the right to take
> someone else's source who wishes it to remain closed. And having seen a
> portion of the Windows source code could jeapordize your future
> involvement with OSS projects. You think SCO's claims of their code
> showing up in Linux is bad... wait until Microsoft gets the idea that
> something of theirs made it in.
Irrelevant. MS is always 100% free to check every line of Linux or other
OSS code to verify the presence or absence of proprietary code. Either
that code is in the leaked source, or it is not. In the first case,
legit OSS developers would quickly find and remove it. In the second
case, MS would have to show somebody the original source to prove their
claim, and we all know how happy they'd be about that!
John Oliver, CCNA http://www.john-oliver.net/
Linux/UNIX/network consulting http://www.john-oliver.net/resume/
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