The Free Software Foundation “requires” that Windows 7 be released as free software

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WTF ?! The Free Software Foundation (FSF), the same group behind the 2009 Windows 7 “Sins” campaign that encouraged users to throw Windows 7 in the trash, has now launched another initiative – one that requires Windows 7 to be opened. as free Software.

The FSF has started the “Upcycle Windows 7” petition, and if the opening paragraph doesn’t persuade Microsoft to open Windows 7, then I don’t know what will.

“On January 14, Windows 7 reached its official ‘end of life’, ending its updates as well as its ten years of poisoned education, privacy breaches and threats to the security of people. users. The end of the Windows 7 lifecycle gives Microsoft the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and recycle them instead, ”the petition reads.

Ouch. In any case, most users probably agree that Windows 7 has already fixed Microsoft’s past wrongs, being absolved for the sins of Windows Vista. Hey, maybe the FSF should ask for Windows Vista instead. You know, aim for the moon and land in the stars, kind of thing. Something is better than nothing.

Continuing, the FSF demanded that Microsoft release Windows 7 as free software for the community to “learn and improve.” The petition then cites precedent in the form of Microsoft’s Calculator app on GitHub, and claims that Microsoft has “nothing to lose” by releasing an operating system that has reached the end of its life. Except that Microsoft sort of has something to lose.

There are still hundreds of millions of Windows 7 machines out there, including business or enterprise customers who will pay for extended support. Microsoft is offering the privilege of paid extended support for Windows 7 until January 10, 2023.

For example, the German government will pay Microsoft $ 886,000 for one year of extended support for 33,000 Windows 7 machines.

Joining Germany is Ireland, as the Health Service Executive of Ireland has agreed to pay Microsoft around 1.1 million euros ($ 1.2 million) in extended support fees for 2020, and will pay for support extended to at least 2021, for no less than 46,000 Windows 7 PCs. These are just two recent examples.

Then there’s the not insignificant fact that much of Windows 7’s codebase lives in Windows 10. In other words, the chance of seeing Windows 7 in a GitHub repository anytime soon is unlikely, that is. to say the least.


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