Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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RE[4]: say what
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jul 2011 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: say what"
lucas_maximus
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" How is this any different than Redhat and Oracle contributing patches? Their motivations are selfish as well.


For starters RedHat and Oracle patches tend to contribute to Linux itself and not act as a virtualization shim. Yeah, the motivations are similar but the end result is vastly different.
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So you don't think it is a good thing in general that any Linux distros can benefit from having HyperV support?

Apparently anything that microsoft does it bad ...

Seriously ???

And it should be noted that RedHat also funds a lot of development of software that has no direct bearing on it's business and as a result enriches the linux ecosystem.


Like what?

Redhat sell both Desktop and Server versions so enriching the Linux ecosystem actually helps them to.

Anything that they help to develop goes directly towards Red Hat Enterprise Linux, even Fedora.

Oh and lets not forget redhat were obfuscating their patches not long ago, and probably still are ...

http://lwn.net/Articles/430098/

Red Hat is making things harder by shipping its RHEL 6 kernel source as one big tarball, without breaking out the patches. Your editor has downloaded the 2.6.32-71.14.1.el6 source package and verified that this is the case.

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Distribution in this form should satisfy the GPL, but it makes life hard for anybody else wanting to see what has been done with this kernel. Hopefully it is simply a mistake which will be corrected soon.


From the same article in comments

It's not a mistake; I have confirmation from RH developers that it is a deliberate policy.


HMM ... Redhat are helping the linux ecosystem by making it difficult to decipher kernel patches ... I see ...

Edited 2011-07-18 00:21 UTC

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