"...This story has broader implications for the Linux scene than
it would first appear. Microsoft claims no source was downloaded.
The problem with that statement is, logically, to be read at a
remote computer it HAS to be downloaded. Maybe I'm just being
"The larger ramifications to this story is, in particular, its
possible effect on the WINE project. WINE is an alternative
implementation of the Windows programming interface which allows
you to run some Windows software under Linux. I have reviewed it
before and, while it's not perfect, it's pretty darn good. Around
the time this hack was announced, it was also announced that WINE
had got Word 2000 and Excel 2000 to run under it. Probably
coincidence, but people who love conspiracies find the timing quite
intriguing. Having seen the way Microsoft worked in the past, if
WINE starts to be able to run a whole lot more Microsoft
applications, I'm sure people at Microsoft will start pointing
fingers. It's actually kind of surprising they haven't
"One theory I had was that Microsoft staged the break-in to
leverage law enforcement when it comes to the WINE project by
claiming WINE is using stolen source code. Of course, I might just
have an overactive imagination."
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