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Two on Microsoft's Government/Open Source Plan

Jan 16, 2003, 14:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio, Helen Jung)


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"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...'"

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AP/Boston.com: Microsoft Code-sharing May Not Sway Clients, Some Say

"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 disputes..."

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CNET News: Governments to See Windows Code(Jan 15, 2003)