Microsoft delays open sourcing Windows 7 tool
Microsoft has delayed open sourcing its Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which it pulled from its servers over reports that it violated the GNU General Public License (GPL).
By Emil Protalinski
| Last updated November 23, 2009 1:29 PM
After committing to making the source code and binaries for the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool available under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
(GPL) last week, Microsoft has pushed back its schedule a bit. The company is blaming testing for the delay, meaning it isn't simply rereleasing the tool under the open source license; it's actually modifying and removing some of the code (likely proprietary code the software giant doesn't want to be available freely). A post on Port 25
, the company's open source community blog, late last week explains:
While we worked extremely hard to try and get the code ready for release by today, we still need to test and localize it. Our goal is now to release the tool in all languages on the same day in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool available once again.