__/ [ John A. Bailo ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 16:34 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> How to get Vista back on track: open source it
> The thing is, exactly what "big secrets" does Microsoft have to protect
> in OS technology today?
> If M$ opened its code, would a Linux kernel programmer, or X.org
> programmer learn anything that there were not already well aware of?
There will no longer be a need to reverse engineer some made-up and/or
extended protocols. That's what Samba, for example, needed plenty of effort
At some stage, Microsoft offered to sell their source code to developers for
a very high price (entry barrier). This code, joint with
too-elaborate-to-be-valuable documentation, was their answer to the EC's
demands. From a glance at the code, it was evident it was too messy to be
valuable, as well. Only later did we discover that 60% of the code in Vista
needs to be re-written, according to Microsoft.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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