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Microsoft to contribute to linux

Postby saketh on Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:16 am

http://linux.com/news/software/linux-kernel/29293-linux-kernel-to-get-microsoft-code

the gist of this article is that ms has given linux 20,000 lines of driver code to make it run faster on their virtualization software (the ms version of virtualbox)

i think that this doesnt mean anything cuz it only helps linux run faster ON TOP OF MS.
it doesnt help linux with anything outside of ms...
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Re: Microsoft to contribute to linux

Postby DrHu on Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:06 am

    Tom Hanrahan, head of Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center stated in Microsoft's announcement, “The Linux device drivers we are releasing are designed so Linux can run in enlightened mode, giving it the same optimized synthetic devices as a Windows virtual machine running on top of Hyper-V. Without this driver code, Linux can run on top of Windows, but without the same high performance levels. We worked very closely with the Hyper-V team at Microsoft to make that happen.”

Doesn't hurt that they now want to include Linux in their pantheon
--doesn't have much to do with desktop Linux users, though..

And we should just check, what is Hyper-V, before getting too excited (by being invited to the table)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2 ... yperv.aspx
    With Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, as a role, plus flexible licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008.
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Re: Microsoft to contribute to linux

Postby emorrp1 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:54 am

This is reasonably old news (see the newsletter on mint blog). There's a rumour that this was due to an allegation that they were in violation of the GPL. If this enables more companies to run/try out linux, even if only on top of M$ initially, I'm all for it.
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