For the common user, support for Windows 7 by Microsoft ended on January 14th. The Free Software Foundation, which has given itself the mission of promoting free software, asks Microsoft to make the source code of Windows 7 available.
In order to support the idea of publishing Windows 7 as free software, the FSF launched an online petition with the aim of bringing together 7,777 signatories. A symbolic objective that this demand for recycling Windows 7 – or over-cycling – should quickly reach.
For the FSF, Microsoft " has nothing to lose by releasing "the source code of a version of its operating system which the Redmond group has itself decreed end of life." Her life doesn't have to end. Give it to the community to study, modify and share. "
The American non-profit organization recalls that Microsoft has already worked for open source with Windows components and believes that such an initiative with Windows 7 would be proof that Microsoft " truly respects users and their freedom ", and" do not use these concepts for timely marketing purposes. "
Certainly, we will remember for example that Microsoft published on GitHub the source code of its Windows Calculator and released source code of MS-DOS (only from 2014) and Word (an ancient version for Windows 1.1a), without count its use of open source tools, Windows Subsystem for Linux for the native execution of Linux tools on Windows 10.
Still, the release of the source code of an operating system the size of Windows 7 would be a whole different level. What's more, Microsoft has an interest in migrating to Windows 10 and if not minuses paid extended support companies (security updates) for Windows 7.
Nothing to lose for Microsoft? It is not so obvious as the FSF assumes that it assumes to be of " spectacular optimism. "