February 22, 2004

MS Windows Source Code Leak Could Spell Trouble for Microsoft

Federal law enforcement agents are investigating the details surrounding the Windows source code leak. But computer users are probably going to be less concerned about nabbing the culprit than about the potential damage the leak might cause to their favorite operating system. Although most of the leaked source code appears to be the basis for the older Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 operating systems, Microsoft's Windows XP and many of its other new software products are also based on some of that older source code. And while only about 600 megabytes about one CD-ROM's worth, of the Windows instructions were revealed in the leak, that still represents roughly 13 million lines of code.

Link: Voice of America

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