For the suits, that’s why going from Microsoft to Linux has had huge switching costs.
In the short-run, this could be a negative for Microsoft’s server sales.
It’s possible that the open-source community will find a way to tear up the code for better integration of Windows systems into pre-existing Linux-based networks.
(To clarify, Microsoft is not releasing free use of its code for other’s programs.
When a programmer codes, they are actually creating text files with instructions that are later translated into machine code by a program called a compiler.
That machine code is what is usually packaged up and licensed to software clients.
The open-source community has investigated things like proprietary file formats, but the actual details of things like how the operating system writes to hard drives is difficult to determine.
For the techies, that’s why NTFS format partitions still aren’t usually mounted read-write in Linux.
Outsourcing The reversal of Microsoft’s closed-source policy is likely to open the floodgates for malware.
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Microsoft (MSFT) Wednesday said it would reveal the source code for Windows Server software, in order to comply with the European Commission’s 2004 anti-trust decision.
Brussels has hoped that the requirement would herald a new openness in Redmond, but it’s more likely to open the floodgates for malware.