Does this mean we can patch the .Net Framework?

In an interesting move Microsoft opened portions of the .Net Framework source code to the development community.  You will be able to seamlessly debug into the lower innards of the framework provided you have Visual Studio 2008 installed.

I wonder does this mean that the community can now submit patches against the framework?  If they do this will be an awesome move as the framework becomes centrally managed but community owned.

What are your thoughts?

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3 Responses to Does this mean we can patch the .Net Framework?

  1. I think this is an awesome milestone but I question the motives behind it.

    My guess is that they trickle out new “community” oriented features out the door like this bit by bit with no real long lasting benefit to the community.

    I don’t mean to sound negative when a company does something as awesome as this, its just that I’ve cursed Redmond so many times that they need to earn my trust again.

    When they release the full source that we can re-compile and submit patches AND we actually see those patches show up in a release…then maybe I will be a little more ecstatic.

    OTOH, they will probably take all the patches, sit on them for 2 years and only apply 25% of them. Granted that they all solved real issues.

    Only time will tell. A move in the right direction all the same =)

  2. joeyDotNet says:

    FYI, you WON’T be able to recompile the source. Only view it under the “Microsoft Reference License”.

    Per Hanselman’s latest post…
    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HanselminutesPodcast83MicrosoftToReleaseNETFrameworkLibrariesSource.aspx

  3. Joe says:

    How would they prevent it? I mean, a license agreement is one thing, but I’ll bet “it’s just an intranet application and I really really need this fixed and who’s going to know anyway” would prevail 9 out of 10 times.