Microsoft has ended the support for windows 7 on 14 January 2020. It is already more than 10 days since the operating system is dead to Microsoft. However, many of the users are still willing to stick with it.
The new Windows 10 comes with many advanced features. Still, Windows 7 is the most preferred operating system among users. Therefore, an organization has signed a petition asking Microsoft to free windows 7 as an open-source.
Windows 7 as an Open Source
Open source is something that is publically accessible and anyone can modify and share it. Open-source software is a software having a source code that can be modified, enhanced.
However, the Free Software Foundation suggested that Microsoft should upcycle Windows 7 and make it as an open-source. FSF has kicked off a petition to convince Microsoft that making the OS an open-source is a good idea.
According to the organization, “Microsoft’s support of Windows 7 is over, but its life doesn’t have to end. We call on Microsoft to upcycle to instead”.
It also says, “Microsoft has nothing to lose by liberating a version of their operating system that they themselves say has reached its end.” Moreover, FSF has made some demands which are as follows:
- We demand that Windows 7 be released as free software. Its life doesn’t have to end. Give it to the community to study, modify, and share.
- We urge you to respect the freedom and privacy of your users – not simply strongarm them into the newest Windows version.
- We want more proof that you really respect users and user freedom, and aren’t just using those concepts as marketing when convenient.
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FSF may say “Microsoft has nothing to lose” but that is not true completely. The idea may raise some problems for Microsoft as Microsoft is still making money with Windows 7. Though Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, it will provide extra three-year end of life support. However, this facility is only for those who are willing to pay for it.
The German government is ready to pay $887,000 to Microsoft for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU). So, it is quite difficult that Microsoft would make Windows 7 as open source. The Register contacted Microsoft about the idea of making this OS open source. According to Microsoft, “The Company doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation”.
So, there is a low chance that Microsoft will make Windows 7 as an open-source. If you like the idea of open-source, you can sign online petitions. The foundation needs 7,777 signatures for making a strong point in front of Microsoft. If you are not interested, you can rely on other options like windows 10, macOS. Hope you have liked the article and found it useful