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Microsoft Windows 7 Tool Gets GPL-Friendly

Microsoft raised eyebrows last month when it released a Windows 7 download tool that included improperly licensed open source code. But now, the software giant is making amends. CodeGuru has the story.


After first pulling a Windows 7 download tool that inadvertently contained improperly licensed open-source code from its online store a few weeks ago, Microsoft said Thursday it has fixed the problem.

The so-called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) is back online and is now duly licensed under conditions required by the open source license.

"I am very pleased to announce that Microsoft today released the Open Sourced Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool under the GPLv2 [Gnu Public License version 2]," Peter Galli, open source community manager for Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) platform strategy group, said in a post on the company's Port 25 blog.

As before, WUDT is now available for free download from Microsoft's online store. Additionally, the project itself -- source code and binaries -- is now hosted on CodePlex.com, Microsoft's open source software project hosting repository, Galli's post said.

Read the full story at CodeGuru