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TechNewsWorld: Can Open-Source Software Survive an Audit?

Feb 19, 2004, 00:00 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"In case you live on the moon, what happened last week was that a small amount of Microsoft source code was leaked to the Web. Granted, small is relative. The leaked code consisted of more lines than I've ever written in my life, but early measurements had it at about 15 percent of Windows 2000.

"Evidently, the leak was done by a vendor that uses the code to facilitate running applications written for Windows on Linux and Unix. Microsoft eventually confirmed the leak, but that hasn't stopped the barrage of commentary from security experts, journalists, analysts and, amazingly enough, the open-source community, which waxed eloquent on why the exposure of Microsoft code to the Web was a disaster for the company.

"Now, don't get me wrong. Like the President of the United States, Microsoft has a huge credibility problem, which means that every time almost anything happens to the company, folks come out of the woodwork to espouse nefarious motives and catastrophic outcomes. They are almost never right, but it does make for interesting reading..."

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