"Microsoft has no intention of allowing government geeks to
freely paw the company's beloved source code.
"The company's new Government Security Program will be far more
akin to a peep show guarded by aggressive bouncers than a
full-blown open-source orgy...
"'This doesn't seem to be much of a new development,' said
Robert Ferrell, a systems security specialist for the U.S.
government. 'It might be a step in the right direction, but it's
only one step on a journey of 1,000 miles...'"
AP/Boston.com: Microsoft Code-sharing May Not Sway Clients,
"In a global battle for customers, Microsoft is betting that
giving governments a peek at its underlying code for Windows
operating systems will keep them from straying to open-source
software alternatives, such as Linux.
"But some analysts said the company's initiative alone may not
be enough to hold onto those wavering between Microsoft's
proprietary Windows and open-source software, in which the
underlying code can be downloaded for free.
"Also, because developers can share, improve and redistribute
open-source code, some contend it is safer from attack than
Microsoft's technology a claim the software behemoth
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