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Phil Gardner's Wrapper.sys & MS-DOS7 bug (Miscellaneous)

posted by Khusraw(R) E-mail, Bucharest, Romania, 20.11.2009, 12:56

> Repairing DOS could be a better option and a reusable one. However
> distributing a patch for MS-DOS as such would present more legal
> (not ethical!) problems.

A couple of years ago I red an interview with a former MS employee (I am sorry, I can't remember his name) who was involved with MS-DOS. He said we should never forget that MS is a business, and like in case of any other business what principally matters is the cost vs. profit ballance. So the source code looks awful and they left unfixed known bugs, because cleaning the source code and fixing those bugs would have meant more costs in comparison with the profits that would have been obtained. This is why MS doesn't publicly release the source code of MS-DOS, not because they have some precious secrets but because they would be strongly ashamed by the mess there.

> The choleric personality over there...

I am rather melancholic-choleric, not choleric type. Believe me, I know myself better.


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