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Microsoft Watch: Why Microsoft Should Open Source the Leaked Source

Feb 14, 2004, 11:30 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"February 12, 2004, was a day that will have many far-reaching consequences for Microsoft. In every sense, it was their very own September 11: A sea-change event that has shaken the foundation of the company's business model and the security of every Windows system on the planet.

"The unauthorized partial leak of the Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 source code will present many problems for the software giant. But rather than dwell on the impossible task of cleansing the Web of this unauthorized code and seeking to prosecute those who distribute it, Microsoft should capitalize on the situation.

"Why not make lemonade out of lemons by doing the unthinkable: Redistribute the complete NT4 and Windows 2000 code base via either a fully OSS-certified or quasi-open-source license on the MSDN web site...?"

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