.NET Source: Look But Don't Touch!
Microsoft is releasing a whole heap of .NET 3.5 source code. Does this mean
you can create your own .NET distribution? Not bloody likely. In this clear
step in the right direction, Microsoft is allowing
developers to look at .NET source code
to help understand how it works and
where problems may lie. But changing the code is still very much a no-no.
I can possibly see Microsoft's point here. In open source, when you modify
code, you're either on your own or the community supports you. In the case of
.NET, should it be Microsoft's responsibility to help when you've completely
trashed .NET with your spaghetti code?
What would you do about open source if you ran Microsoft? Tell us all at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 10/08/2007 at 1:15 PM