Was ist mit dem Quellcode?

The source code details the way a program works (it is effectively what programmers write). Without it no one can understand how the software is built. Dabei kommt es nicht darauf an, ob Sie den Code selber verstehen können: Es betrifft Sie als Benutzer direkt, ob der Code verfügbar ist oder nicht.

Niemand darf hineinsehen

Windows kommt ohne Quelltext. Mehr noch: Durch die Benutzung willigt man der Bedingung ein, die lautet:

You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software.

As such, it is illegal to work out how Windows or Microsoft Word are designed. It is even illegal to try. You are also forbidden to modify the program for any purpose.

This restriction in the license makes sure that Microsoft remain the sole organisation that understand how their products work. Windows is very much like a car that only the original manufacturer is allowed to service.


You might say, "How do I change this recipe to take out the salt?" and the great chef would respond, "How dare you insult my recipe, the child of my brain and my palate, by trying to tamper with it? You don't have the judgment to change my recipe and make it work right!"

Richard Stallman, Warum Software keine Eigentümer haben sollte

Sie können freier Software vertrauen

It comes as no surprise that proprietary software is severely lacking in terms of security, compared to software whose source code is freely available (including GNU/Linux).

Free software means programmers can change the code to repair flaws. It means you can hire someone to really check how secure your software is. It means you can benefit from the contributions of a world-wide community to improve safety and reliability. Fifteen million users run GNU/Linux without an anti-virus, in complete safety. And the servers behind search engines and banks run on it too.

Quelltext ist das Rezept für Software. Wie kann man ein versalztes Menü verbessern, wenn man das Rezept nicht anschauen darf, mit dem es gekocht wird?

Using Windows and Office requires us to not ask nor search for the source of the software. Only Microsoft developers can modify your program.

Wem trauen Sie eher? Dem Packet in das Sie nicht hineinschauen dürfen, oder dem das das Rezept enthält?