Microsoft® postpones open sourcing of Windows® 7 tool
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Microsoft has delayed the availability of the binary codes for Windows 7 USB/DVD as open source under the terms of GNU’s General Public License (GPL). Microsoft has shifted the entire blame for the delay on the testing team. Does that mean the company is not simply re-releasing the tool under open source license, rather modifying it and removing some part of the code? The information about the delay in providing open source was provided through company’s open source community blog Port 25.
It was mentioned in the blog that company’s resources are working hard to get the codes ready but some work of testing and localization is still left. Microsoft aims to release the tool in all languages simultaneously. It has asked people to be patient and wait for the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool to be available once again.
Microsoft confirmed last week that the download tool of Windows 7 USB/DVD from online Microsoft store violates the term for free software license as by GPL. The main problem was that Microsoft released the tool (which used open source code) under a closed source license.
Microsoft removed the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from its store website around two weeks ago after it was reported that the tool that incorporated open source code violates GPL.
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