Microsoft fails to open source Windows 7 USB tool
A posting on Microsoft's Port 25 blog last week revealed that the company had failed to release the code of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Microsoft had admitted that the tool contained code from a GPL licensed application, ImageMaster, which was hosted on Microsoft's CodePlex project hosting site. Peter Galli, Microsoft's Open Source Community Manager, said "While we worked extremely hard to try and get the code ready for release by today, we still need to test and localise it". The plan is now to release the code "in the next few weeks".
In a curious twist, the original ImageMaster project on CodePlex has disappeared from public view. It was previously available at imagemaster.codeplex.com but according to a comment by Sara Ford, Program Manager at CodePlex, the project was "unpublished" at the project owners request. Ford added that the project could be republished at any time, although no reason or explanation was given as to why the ImageMaster project was "unpublished" in the first place.