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Old 07-20-2009, 01:13 PM   #1
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Microsoft stuns Linux world, submits source code for kernel


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In an historic move, Microsoft Monday submitted driver source code for inclusion in the Linux kernel under a GPLv2 license.
The code consists of four drivers that are part of a technology called Linux Device Driver for Virtualization. The drivers, once added to the Linux kernel, will provide the hooks for any distribution of Linux to run on Windows Server 2008 and its Hyper-V hypervisor technology. Microsoft will provide ongoing maintenance of the code.
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This is huge, I really think Microsoft has turned for the better after Bill Gates left the company. I am extremely surprised with Windows 7, and they are starting to support other browsers (not by choice ) with their web services, and I haven't heard any chair throwing stores lately.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 03:58 AM   #2
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That is indeed very surprising. But I guess it makes commercial sense to enable Linux to run as well as possible virtualised on top of MS' hyper visor technology. Some of their customers would want to do that.

Also, zdnet added this quote in their article on this:
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Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Microsoft reseller partners that Microsoft has competed really well against “the fraudulent perception of free” that is at the core of many Linux vendors’ sales pitches. Not all of Microsoft management is onboard with this newfangled licensing world…
Guess this is how the market works; Even MS have to take note of Linux these days and provide interoperability when customers need it. They might risk loosing even more Windows server licenses otherwise...

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:14 AM   #3
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modprobe BSOD?
 
Old 07-21-2009, 06:04 AM   #4
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modprobe BSOD?
Maybe thats the driver they want to add

Hopefully Linus and the kernel team take a very good look at those 20.000 lines of code before they accept them in...

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:07 AM   #5
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I wouldn't trust MS, not with their history of dirty tricks.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 06:31 AM   #6
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Shit happens.
 
Old 07-23-2009, 05:35 PM   #7
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And the Truth is Revealed

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I wouldn't trust MS, not with their history of dirty tricks.
Not so surprising, after all...

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Engineer: Microsoft Violated GPL Before Linux Code Release

Code that Microsoft released Monday for the Linux kernel under the General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) was in violation of that license before Microsoft made it available, according to an open-source network engineer.

Stephen Hemminger, principal engineer with open-source network vendor Vyatta, in a blog post claims that a network driver in Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization software used open-source components licensed under the GPL. Since the license does not allow for mixing of closed-source or proprietary code with open-source code, the software was in violation of the GPL, he said in the post, which details how the violation was discovered.
Read THIS story...
 
  


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