Originally posted by tearinox
Conspiracy theory: Maybe microsoft did this to freak out all the win2k users. Then they will all upgrade to winxp?
Originally posted by iainr
... last thing I would have thought MS would want to do is to both scare people about security and get them looking at upgrades : that might be the spur for some companies to look at migrating to Mac or Linux rather than staying with Windows.
I could guess that it was released intentionally to persaude some to make the next purchace. There are as many people out there that use a computer that would be more scared off by a bit of configuring/programing Linux then having a neighbour or local tech to instal the next 'secure' Windoze o/s.
Think about this: With AMD64 and windows being created as a new 64bit o/s their 'latest' o/s in production will have to be scrapped. What of the lost revenues there? Perhaps they weighed the loss to *nix and those Staying with it .._Again_ and feel that there is some favor there. Especially if the leak was from elsewhere.
Someone mentioned a few times (or someones..) that to see the code could be.. a way for M$ to look at Linux. I think that is true to some extent. But Linux is already Open. All M$ would have to do is look at it. Still that could reduce wine and similar projects, or atleast stall them.
I kina like the sugestions of looking at it and being dumbified.
(nice word, eh?) heh.. ..It could happen.
Another suggestion was to help fix it. (Windoze).. Blah.. Why would anyone want to fix it? A rock through it's panes would only make it leak less as the rock would get stuck!..
Besides. Then you could be sued for having the propietary source.. after all you would have to see it to fix it; and to see it you must have it; and having it without the concent of M$ is illegal.
..curiosity on the other hand.. Yeah. I would like to look.
Pandora's Box.. anyone?