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I was writing yesterday about Microsoft's desire to appear open, but it's not as easy as free software makes it look: Microsoft has broken its silence about the successor to Windows Vista – currently codenamed Windows 7 - but...

I was writing yesterday about Microsoft's desire to appear open, but it's not as easy as free software makes it look:

Microsoft has broken its silence about the successor to Windows Vista – currently codenamed Windows 7 - but essentially revealed that it will be "more careful" in the way it releases information about its next flagship operating system.

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Flores defended the closed-mouthed approach, saying that public disclosures were, not surprisingly, taken at face value by users and customers - something that could present problems.

"We know that when we talk about our plans for the next release of Windows, people take action," Flores said. "As a result, we can significantly impact our partners and our customers if we broadly share information that later changes."

Telling people what is going on isn't a problem for GNU/Linux, of course, because the entire process is conducted out in the open. If information “changes”, people know about it the second that change becomes apparent – not “later”. It's being half-open that doesn't work, as Microsoft has effectively admitted with this latest U-turn.