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If Microsoft really loved open source, they'd at least open-source their older software once they dropped support for them.

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Hell, that could be said of literally any corporation that claims to embrace open-source.

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@Jo I want open source mspaint!!!!

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@Jo tbf, i don't think it's that easy. like, lots and lots of their software incorporates tech or code they licensed from someone else.

heck, even the first versions of internet explorer were based on ncsa mosaic.

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@devurandom I mean, id Software got around this by rooting out the licensed stuff and replacing it with open-source alternatives, though I suspect a whole OS would need a lot more effort than an old FPS.

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@Jo I wonder if they even can with WinNT source code because of deals with IBM/HP/NSA :catThink:

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@Jo

I actually asked this once to a senior engineer at MS who designed some important parts of Win10 this. He said: "Oh god no. The open source community shouldn't be burdened with applying security patches to that many machines."

Idk if I agree, but ongoing security support is one of the most expensive things, so I can see where the sentiment arises from.

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@Elucidating I feel like the caveat that you shouldn't use said software on vital systems should still apply here. :blobthinkingeyes:

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@Jo Sadly for most folks there aren't other options. Capitalism has left us in a hell of a mess on this front.

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@Jo I'm not defending them but I guess that when they dropped the support they probably also dropped the source code in a thrash can. lmao.

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