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____/ Sinister Midget on Wednesday 11 Nov 2009 11:46 : \____
> On 2009-11-11, bbgruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
>> I must admit, I wondered if this was being reported "the wrong way round",
>> and that somebody had used *Microsoft* code, but this seems to indicate
>> otherwise, at least to the extent that MS is looking into it:-
>> Microsoft has pulled a Windows 7 media and administration tool from the
>> Microsoft Store site for apparently violating the GPL.
>> The company yanked ImageMaster after Within Windows blogger Rafael Rivera
>> spotted the disc reading and burning tool was a CodePlex project licensed
>> under GPLv2.
>> Microsoft appears to have violated the Free-Software Foundation's license in
>> two ways: by modifying and then distributing the ImageMaster code without
>> making its source-code available, and by actually bolting on its own,
>> restricted licensing terms to the code.
>> A Microsoft spokesperson told The Reg: "We are currently looking into this
>> issue and are taking down the Windows USB/DVD Tool (WUDT) from the
>> Microsoft Store site until our review of this matter is complete."
> Can it be safely assumed they've already put to use everything they
> could find useful under the BSD license and have moved on to stealing
> GPLed code? This instance sounds as if the slip-up on their part was
> not hiding the fact that it was being stolen, not that they didn't
> follow the terms inadvertantly. Otherwise the solution would have been
> to release the source, drop their own licensing and apologize for the
Instead they hide the evidence.
E-mail: Microsoft 'botched' dealings with Intel, HP
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| Internal Microsoft e-mails revealed through a federal class-action lawsuit
| arising from the troubled launch last year of the Windows Vista operating
| system have provided a provocative inside look at the software giant's
| machinations with Intel, HP and Dell.
| The e-mails include an exchange in which one senior Microsoft executive
| described dealings with computer makers as "really botched." Another manager
| complained Microsoft was "caving to Intel" and "really burning HP."
| The e-mails are included in 145 pages of documents unsealed by U.S. District
| Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle late Wednesday. They include internal
| reports and some handwritten notes that offer a rare look inside at the
| famed "Wintel" partnership, and touch upon the alliance's dealings with
| Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other computer makers.
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