Columnist: Open Source the Leaked Code

By Deane Barker on February 15, 2004

Why Microsoft Should Open Source the Leaked Source: From the “never-gonna-happen” department, this guy says that Microsoft should just open-source the code that was leaked last week. He makes a good case, but there’s no chance Bill would actually go for it.

Why not make lemonade out of lemons by doing the unthinkable: Redistribute the complete NT4 and Windows 2000 code base via either a fully OSS-certified or quasi-open-source license on the MSDN web site?

Sound crazy? Maybe. But think about the positive implications of a fully Microsoft-sanctioned complete release of this code…