Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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value of Microsoft contribution
by przemek on Fri 24th Jul 2009 17:24 UTC
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I just spoke to the Microsoft guys involved with the Linux-for-HyperV paravirtualization patch in their booth at OSCON. They seem well-intentioned and competent, and Linus makes an excellent argument why they should be taken at face value.

The real question is how does this code integrate with other virtualization frameworks. While it is perfectly fine for Microsoft to write it in a way that helps their own use case (and their demo showed that it does well indeed), it is also fair to ask them to consider other environments, so that their paravirtualization drivers are useful for Linux running under KVM, Xen, VirtualBox, VMware, etc.

Seeing their reaction to such request will be an interesting gauge of their intentions and degree of cooperativeness.

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