View Full Version : M$s: "Goto Linux Or Goto Hell" - Same Thing?

22-07-2009, 04:23 AM
Right on the heels of M$ claiming that Open-Source software violates more than 235 M$ patents, comes this: (http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/index.cfm?newsid=8817)

20 July 2009
Microsoft and Linux: Was gibt?

By Paul Krill, Infoworld (US)

Microsoft, which has been at war with the Linux community over the years, has abruptly changed face and has released 20,000 lines of Linux code to the Linux kernel community.

Available for inclusion in the Linux tree, the code includes three Linux device drivers; it will be available to both the Linux community and customers. It will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualised on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 virtualisation software, according to Microsoft. Code will be offered under the GNU General Public License 2.

"We are seeing Microsoft communities and open source communities grow together, which is ultimately of benefit to our customers," said Microsoft's Sam Ramji, senior director of platform strategy in the company's Server and Tools organisation. "The Linux community, for example, has built a platform used by many customers. So our strategy is to enhance interoperability between the Windows platform and many open source technologies, which includes Linux, to provide the choices our customers are asking for."

"Today's release would have been unheard of from Microsoft a few years ago but it's a prime example that customer demand is a powerful catalyst for change," said Ramji.

21 July 2009
Microsoft in shock Linux code release

By Jon Brodkin, Network World (US)

Microsoft's shock move to embrace Linux (http://www.techworld.com/virtualisation/news/index.cfm?newsID=119480&pagtype=all) could have wide-reaching impacts on the virtualization market and Microsoft's rival VMware, said an analyst.


For all of its logic, however, "...this is a move that would have been inconceivable a few years ago, meaning that the glasnost of Microsoft vis a vis open source continues," O'Grady said.

Last one out, turn out the lights and close the door.