Make MS-DOS and Windows 9x Source Available or Open Source

Make MS-DOS and Windows 9x Source Available or Open Source

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Rui Pedro started this petition to Microsoft

The last Windows 9x, Windows ME, extended support as finished almost 15 years ago.

All this era (counting with NT prior to Windows XP) represent less than 0.05% of the Windows Market Share, and they aren't sold anymore.

As a computer history enthusiast it would be great to see how stuff like this were made at that time. How that "things" work... It is now a part of history and the best way to preserve it, is making their source code available to everyone.

Microsoft has been making a significant leap in Open Source Community, even making MS-DOS 1, 2 and Word for Windows 1.1a Open Source as well.

It's time for Microsoft make an even more significant contribution for historical references, releasing the entire MS-DOS and Windows 9x sources on their GitHub.

If you are arguing that Microsoft can't do this because Windows 10 still contains portions of this code and it would be a security concern. Please, stop it. This is nothing against Windows Source Code Leaks that anyone can get them through a 5 minutes search on Google, or if you are an MS fanatic, on Bing (just kidding). This is a resume of what I've found. List of leaks (the announcement that inspired me to make this petition).

  • MS-DOS 3
  • MS-DOS 6
  • Windows NT 3.5
  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows 2000 (NT 5.0)
  • Windows XP/2003 (NT 5.2)

Almost all of this leaks contains more updated code than what I'm asking for. How can this source harm Microsoft if we have more up to date sources online. If someone wants to find security vulnerabilities they will look inside Windows XP, not Windows 9x.

Microsoft, please, help us preserve Windows history. If you don't, at least say the reason... I know that MS needs to make profit but this OSes are not sold anymore...

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