Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Windows source code

Author:Wesley Felter
Posted:3/28/1999; 2:32:10 PM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 3/28/99
Msg #:4621 (In response to 4609)
Prev/Next:4620 / 4622

I hope they don't go through with a plan to force licensing of the Windows source code. I don't want the source to Windows. I don't want Red Hat Windows or some other offshoot brand. I don't want Windows at all.

Allowing me to buy N different versions of Windows from N different companies does not solve the problem that it is practically impossible for me to buy a computer without paying for a copy of Windows that I do not want. Also, I don't want people to think that licensing the Windows source code will make Microsoft's stranglehold on the computer industry just disappear; I think the discriminatory pricing and exclusive contracts are far more dangerous than the hidden APIs.

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