Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 30 Mar. 2002, Vol 5 No. 13

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w   Microsoft Releases Over 1M Lines of Source Code
w   Featured Software: FileSplit
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


Microsoft Releases Over 1 Million Lines of Source Code

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of source code to universities and other academic organizations. The Shared Source CLI source code implements the ECMA Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and C# standards. It is available on the Microsoft® Windows® XP and FreeBSD operating systems.

"The academic community plays a critical role in the software ecosystem as the launching pad for the next generation of developers," said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the Developer Platform and Evangelism Division at Microsoft. "Academia has delivered many breakthrough innovations through pure research. With the Shared Source CLI implementation, we hope to see great innovation around .NET technology."

The Shared Source CLI implementation is available for download today on the Microsoft Web site at MSDN. In addition, Microsoft is pleased to offer research grants to a limited number of academics who want to make early use of the Shared Source CLI implementation for teaching or research purposes. Details of the grant program, including information on how to apply, are available at Microsoft's research Web site.

This seems to be a feeble attempt to gain some support in the academic community, where the true open source Linux operating system is enjoying a dominating lead.

The code Microsoft released cannot be used for any commercial purposes. For more information on this and other restrictions, see the license agreement.

More information on Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative is available at Microsoft's Shared Source Web site.

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Microsoft Security

Microsoft Security: 28 March 2002 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has posted a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0. This patch includes the functionality of all previously released patches for Internet Explorer. In addition, it eliminates two newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, 6.0


Recent Support BBS Postings

Easy CD Creator problem - Applications
Drive W: - Windows 98
Key signs of incipient HD failure? - Hardware
Encryption - Other Internet Software
Memory addition - Hardware

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Napster Not Yet Open For Business
Updated: Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles dealing with Internet Connection Sharing
Added: Cable companies no longer have to share their lines with competitors

Added: Microsoft Security: 28 March 2002 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer
Added: Microsoft Releases Over 1 Million Lines of Source Code

Windows 98
Updated: Internet Explorer 5 Tips: Security Patches

Windows 2000
Added: Microsoft Posts Windows 2000 Com+ Rollup Package

Windows XP
Added: Windows XP Stops Responding During Windows Shutdown
Updated: Improve Boot Performance
Added: Installing Windows XP Recovery Console


Napster Not Yet Open For Business

Competitors actively securing Napster's customers may make their delayed comeback Napster's death knell.

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Cable companies no longer have to share their lines with competitors

New ruling could make your cable company the next monopoly!

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Microsoft Posts Windows 2000 Com+ Rollup Package

Microsoft has released Windows 2000 COM+ Rollup Package 18.1, a cumulative rollup of updates that have been offered since the release of Windows 2000 SP2. The package fixes several problems that have come up since the SP2 release and is available from the Windows 2000 Web site.
Windows XP Tip: Installing Windows XP Recovery Console

The Recovery Console is a command line (similar to DOS) that provides a long list of commands that you can use to troubleshoot/fix your computer when your computer does not start properly or does not start at all.

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Windows XP Tip: Windows XP Stops Responding During Windows Shutdown

Some troubleshooting tips, and a Microsoft software patch.....

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