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Microsoft's STL is open-sourced

6 comments

  1. [3]
    unknown user
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    My inner rms is skeptical of all this, but I'm liking this Microsoft. And it's Apache licence, not some open-but-non-open licence like Apple's or Sun's. I wonder to what extent they'll go, e.g....

    My inner rms is skeptical of all this, but I'm liking this Microsoft. And it's Apache licence, not some open-but-non-open licence like Apple's or Sun's.

    I wonder to what extent they'll go, e.g. will we see NT open sourced one day.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      Akir
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      I feel a bit like I just woke up in a different dimension. I don't think they'll go absolutely crazy, but I would really appreciate if they released the source code for their legacy products...

      I feel a bit like I just woke up in a different dimension.

      I don't think they'll go absolutely crazy, but I would really appreciate if they released the source code for their legacy products (BASIC interpreters, DOS Utilities, etc.) if they still have them.

      6 votes
      1. vakieh
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        They've recognised the death of the proprietary OS and are pitching themselves as a competitor to Amazon with Azure and a competitor to IBM with their AI APIs - the day may very well come that...

        I don't think they'll go absolutely crazy

        They've recognised the death of the proprietary OS and are pitching themselves as a competitor to Amazon with Azure and a competitor to IBM with their AI APIs - the day may very well come that office gets open sourced, because everyone who pays is on 365 anyways.

        8 votes
  2. Wes
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    Wow. That's much bigger news than them open-sourcing Calc. I'm really a big fan of Microsoft under Satya. The big scary mask is coming off, and Microsoft is starting to feel like a welcomed...

    Wow. That's much bigger news than them open-sourcing Calc.

    I'm really a big fan of Microsoft under Satya. The big scary mask is coming off, and Microsoft is starting to feel like a welcomed contributor.

    6 votes
  3. [2]
    moocow1452
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    On a related note, this popped up in my algorithm and it speculates a future with Windows being just another distro with souped up Win32 compatibility, based on Microsoft going deep into Linux...

    On a related note, this popped up in my algorithm and it speculates a future with Windows being just another distro with souped up Win32 compatibility, based on Microsoft going deep into Linux intergration and most of it's recent massive screwups being Registry and Legacy related (which okay, Linux screws up Linux bits all the time, but I digress.)

    https://www.computerworld.com/article/3438856/call-me-crazy-but-windows-11-could-run-on-linux.amp.html

    I think it's worth a read.

    5 votes
    1. Akir
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      That would be a dream. After all, the worst part when dealing with Windows is dealing with the operating system. And frankly, I am much more likely to pay for a super-compatible version of Wine...

      That would be a dream. After all, the worst part when dealing with Windows is dealing with the operating system. And frankly, I am much more likely to pay for a super-compatible version of Wine than I would be to pay for a (non-OEM) Windows license.