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Sydney Morning Herald: Would You Like Source With That?

Jan 18, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"Microsoft's offer to open more of the Windows source code to certain governments under its Government Security Program is supposed to 'enhance their ability to design and deploy secure computing infrastructures,' according to Redmond's own take on the policy.

"For some time now, the company has been worried about the spread of the Open Source operating system Linux. This is but the latest step by which Microsoft hopes to appear to be open, even if the reality is somewhat different.

"There is already a provision for people to look at Windows source code, provided they accept a non-disclosure agreement. The Shared Source Initiative has been in place since 2001 but it hasn't exactly set the Thames on fire. No queue-jumping there..."

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