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internetnews.com: Windows Leak An Experiment in Open Source?

Feb 19, 2004, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wagner)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Less than a week after it discovered that parts of its Windows 2000 and NT source code were leaked to the Internet, Microsoft officials are now finding that a kind of grassroots peer review of its code is sprouting among programmers and the merely curious from all points of the globe.

"The Redmond, Wash., creator of the Windows operating system is legendary for the tight rein it has held over source code to the operating system that runs on 9 out of 10 computers in the world. Only in recent years, goaded in part by an anti-trust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001, has the company extended some of its code outside academia and made it available for use by independent software vendors (ISVs). The program, called Shared Source Initiative (SSI), has garnered more than 3,000 development partners in the past three years, according to Microsoft officials.

"Some programmers contacted by internetnews.com say many in their community are wary of even looking at the code in order to avoid inflaming intellectual property issues over software copyrights -- in a software industry already inflamed over copyright amid the SCO Group's intellectual property challenge of parts of the Linux kernel..."

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