Microsoft Employee Hints at Windows Core OS Open Source Components

Jan 21, 2019
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"Windows Core" has been around for a while in one form or another. My W10 tablet even reported itself to be running that for a while (indistinguishable from Windows 10 Home in that application and now reporting itself as Home again). Possibly a glitch, possibly not - but as a device with severely limited memory and storage it's certainly a reasonable place to use it.

As for open source ... didn't MS open-source the core of .Net? Isn't some of Windows itself built on .Net? Logical conclusion even in the absence of other o/s components is ...?
 

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Yes, MS created an open-source version of the .NET Framework called .NET Core.

https://github.com/dotnet/coreclr

The Universal Windows Platform is built on top of it. So, Windows 10 is already based on some open-source components.
 

stdragon

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If it were not for Google, this would not be happening. Open Source is eroding market-share for MS. They need to maintain that foothold. If they must, I have no doubt the Window OS kernel would be open sourced will still rolling out their own OS for corporate use (Active Directory, SQL, Exchange...etc).

Question is, would there ever be an Open Source equivalent of a Steam OS built on Windows for DirectX support? Hmmmm.
 

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That is a very strangely worded forum post...but i don't see anything particularly official there.
 

DGurney

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Let's hope they clean up the mess that is Windows, or at least make it possible for others to do so.
 

HavocX

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The ignorance of Microsofts stance on open source expressed in this article is staggering. It hasn't been like described for more than five years.

Microsoft of today:
- is the largest open source contributor in the world (together with Google, which is doing more depends on the metric).
- has open sourced the current generation of its .NET framework (Core), which runs on Linux and OSX.
- has released an open source code editor (Visual Studio Code).
- has moved all its main open source projects to an independent organisation, .NET Foundation.
- has used open source components in Windows for many years.
 

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As well as all the pieces mentioned by Havocx, all of the various bare metal Linux distros that can be installed from the Windows Store are all open source and thus would need exactly the kind of person mentioned in the article as well. It would appear that the author forgot about all that open source software most of us have already installed into Windows from MS.
 
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So if they released an open source windows kernel that could really help wine and linux run windows native programs in theory.. if it had game support I would have no need to run windows standard any more...
 

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Microsoft + Open Source: who cares? In a ever-growing world of Linux servers, tablets and cell phones, desktops and notebooks are quickly fading away, just note their declining sale numbers.
For corporate users, Macs are eating away what is left of Microsoft market share. In a not so distant future, Microsoft main revenue source may only be its game console business.
 

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