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SubjectRE: Microsoft begining to open source Windows 2000?
On Thu, 8 Mar 2001, Venkatesh Ramamurthy wrote:

> My initial thought after seeing this article was that microsoft was testing
> its waters on open sourcing. If i have 1500 licenses then i would get the
> source. If i find any bug in thier source , i would report to microsoft or
> send a patch and they would put it in thier next version. Is this not the
> same way Linux Kernel is developed?. Only thing microsoft does not want to
> immediately go full open sourcing and get embarrased at the hands of linux
> people.
>

making a patch means you've modfied the source which you are not allowed
to do. The most you can do is report the bug through normal channels
(you dont even have priority in reporting bugs since you have the code).

at least _ANYONE_ was able to contribute to linux. not just people with
gobs of money. I'm not even gonna comment on the embarrasement bit. The
one consultant quoted in the article summed it pretty nicely.

Also notice that you're now paying MS so you can find their bugs. Very
nice.

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