[–] MarauderShields 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Will be good if it can be used to produce an unfucked OS.

[–] buckhorn 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Should be good for Wine.

[–] TankMissile 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Nope, they can't use this code at all because it's licensed by Microsoft and can't be modified or distributed. Wine uses clean room design to ensure they can't be shut down with copyright claims.

[–] buckhorn 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I think you're undervaluing read access to the source as a reference implementation. Even if they don't make verbatim copies, Wine devs can now refer to a version of the source directly while re-implementing most APIs without having to reverse-engineer MS bits.

[–] Sheitstrom 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Windows XP was the best version of Windows made by Microsoft. Perhaps an evolved form of x64 Windows XP should debut?

[–] MarauderShields 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's what I'm hoping. I loved XP.

[–] TimberWolfAlpha 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Saw the Win2k code in there too. Sure would be cool if someone relased "Windows 2000 HD Edition" or something of the sort. Will settle for XP HD.

[–] huutista 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

There is a Windows 2000 fork called OpenNT.

[–] TimberWolfAlpha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

A quick search seems to indicate that it is not a particularly lively or active fork though.

[–] GenderPronoun 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I wonder how much backdoor telemetry is in this code? Anyone here looked at it yet?

[–] Plavonica 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

An entire OS? Good luck.

[–] cantaloupe6 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Neat, but windows still sucks.

[–] BakedMofoBread 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Sure, but now ReactOS can suck less.

[–] TankMissile 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Nope, they can't use this code at all because it's licensed by Microsoft and can't be modified or distributed. An earlier Windows code leak forced the ReactOS team to completely audit their code in fear that Microsoft owned code slipped in. It was a serious headache that wasted years of development time. If anything, this leak could be detrimental to the project.

[–] TerryB 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I still need that shit for work programs. Does this mean they can make some sort of Linux type rip off of windows that will fool the programs to run? I know there are some Linux things that can trick some windows based programs already but have not been reliable for the work programs I use.

[–] castarco 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I'm wondering if Microsoft, after that, will "release" more parts of that old code base under OSI licenses. After all, the code is already out there, and it's difficult to believe that they are able to contain the leak... so maybe it's best for them to use that to improve their image in front of the community.

[–] alcogiggles 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Too bad you cant run modern browsers and programs on it. You're basically stuck running such an old version of IE that you can't even go on the internet to download a modern browser. Oh well.

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