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On Fri, Oct 27, 2000 at 01:48:35PM +0100, Tigran Aivazian wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Oct 2000, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
>
> >
> > Reports are that Microsoft has been broken into. Although
> > Microsoft spokesmen deny it, reports are that the source-
> > code for Windows/2000 (professional) has been copied to
> > a country in the former Soviet Union.
> >
> > I thought that this stuff had already been "released", but
> > nobody wanted it because they couldn't read it.
> >
>
> Yes, true.
>
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_993000/993933.stm
>
> I hope nobody will buy Microsoft products from now on, now that they are
> not only filled with internal bugs but also with external ones introduced
> by the guys from Leningrad... :)
>
> But it is probably Microsoft's own original way of "releasing source under
> GPL". Maybe they don't have the guts to admit that the proprietary
> software model (in OS market, where Linux dominateth!) is a failure so
> they make it look like some script-kiddie posted their source listings on
> the Usenet (or wherever he is going to post them?) and so they "have no
> choice but to release windoz under GPL" :)
>
> Regards,
> Tigran
>
> PS. Leningrad is the old historical name of the modern St. Petersberg but
> we "old-timers" do still call it Leningrad, it seems more appropriate than
> all those "modern" name-changes... ;)

You're VERY wrong here. St. Petersburg was the name before the Soviet
Union was formed and Russia marched into the Baltics. When the takeover
was made, the city was renamed Leningrad (after V.I. Lenin). When the
Soviet Union finally fell to pieces and the Baltics retained their freedom,
St. Petersburg retained its old name, which it got (if I'm not all wrong)
from Peter the Great.


/David
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