Despite the retirement of Windows 7 at the beginning of the month, there is still much to talk about around this classic operating system. No, the open source group Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched a petition calling on Microsoft to make win7 source code public in order to rally civil power to bring the system back to life.
The FSF says Microsoft should respect the freedom and privacy of its users and use Win7 as a free software release more intelligent than forcing people to upgrade to a new Windows, which is a perfect opportunity to make up for the mistakes it has made and extend its life cycle.
While Microsoft has indeed released a lot of goodwill toward open source over the years, such as the launch of WSL and the acquisition of GitHub, Win7’s code doesn’t seem to be giving it. In addition, Win7 still has residual value to squeeze, and Microsoft will provide ESU paid extension update support to some of its large stilettos for at least three years.
So far, the petition has received more than 1,000 signatures, and the FSF intends to collect at least 7,777 people before handing them over to Microsoft.