Selon Nicholas Petreley (voir l’article publié sur LinuxWorld:

Is Windows now playing catchup to Linux?),

Microsoft utiliserait le code source de Linux pour rendre

Windows plus stable.

Extrait de l’article:

The good, the bad, and the ugly

This week I have both good news and bad news about Windows,

depending on how you look at it. The good news is that people

tell me recent versions of Windows seem to be more stable than

in the past, and the upcoming versions of Windows are even more


The bad news is tied to the explanation for why Windows may be

getting more stable. According to a source who has access to

internal Microsoft developers, Microsoft has dedicated resources

specifically to the task of analyzing Linux source code and

rewriting sections of it for use in Windows. According to the

source, it is the adoption and translation of Linux code that

is helping Windows become more stable.

If this turns out to be more than just a rumor, it may be bad

news for two reasons. I am not a lawyer, but I suspect that such

a practice may constitute a violation of the GNU General Public

License (GPL) (see Resources for a link), under which Linux is

licensed. Depending on how Microsoft is using the code, it may

be required to release some or all the Windows source code to

avoid violating the license provisions. That is bad news for

Microsoft only if an ambitious lawyer sniffs out the potential

for suing the software giant for violation of the GPL and smells

cash. Since Microsoft has plenty of it, such a lawsuit would

be extremely tempting.

There’s only one problem a lawyer might have presenting that case.

The principle of the GPL is that you are not allowed to create

and distribute software that includes GPL source code without

giving back your additions and modifications to the developer

community. I’m not sure you could find a Linux developer who would

take the stand and testify that the developer community is being

hurt by the fact that Microsoft isn’t contributing back to the

Linux code base. Considering the talent that put together Windows

in the first place, such a contribution would probably be

classified as unintentional sabotage.

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