Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:46 AM
I think that it would be hard to only have portions of an operating system be open source. I don't know, I've never really designed/built/help make an operating system.
However, were M$ to release the Windows source code to the public I think that nothing but good (for users and for M$) would come of it.
Instead of releasing full fledged OS's with supporting apps and such, they could release core versions which people/companies/organizations could mod and alter to their heart's content. All the while retaining the core functionality and kernal so that software developers could be sure that their programs will run no matter how altered the rest of the system was.
Something like that, I think, could doom the Linux OS... oh, crap. If anyone from M$ is reading this, I was JUST KIDDING!!