Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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by naelurec on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:58 UTC
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This is great. I like the line: "Windows has more patches, but Microsoft releases them more frequently and fixes things more quickly" .. heh..

I really don't get where this guy is coming from. Linux is open. The source is available, almost all aspects of it is built to open standards. In areas that have been closed (by Microsoft), the Open Source community has built bridges such as Samba, Wine, NTFS/FAT support, etc to allow the systems to talk with each other.

Open Standards that have been adopted and not extended (corrupted) by Microsoft tend to work quite well across all platforms.

Many applications designed for open source systems have been ported to Windows. The reverse has not been the same. This trend will continue (IIRC, the KDE development teams seem intent on porting most of their KDE 4 apps over to Windows).

If single sign-on is truly important to Microsoft and its customers, then perhaps they should build Windows around an open standard that has been collaborated by industry leaders to make this a reality. Last time I checked, it seems that Solaris, BSD, Linux, etc could be configured in a single sign-on configuration (LDAP, NIS, etc..).

As far as application support -- I am confused as to where this fits into the entire article. Perhaps the author is acknowledging that Microsoft's lock-in on application developers making it difficult to write cross platform apps? Perhaps Microsoft should allows its compilers to target a platform and allow a single source tree to compile to a variety of platforms? There is nothing stopping commercial vendors from porting their apps to Linux.

I'd be really happy to see some niche apps ported, as well as apps like Photoshop and Photoshop Elements ported.. While I prefer open source apps and the flexibility it affords me, at the end of the day, the app that can get the job done is top priority -- let it be commercial or open source.

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by s_groening on Wed 14th Jun 2006 00:55 in reply to "LOL."
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Single sign-on generally is not that tough to accomplish, as long as you let everything center around Active Directory (thanks to Kerberos and Samba spnego) but the problems seem to occur the other way around...

It is far worse to get Windows users to log into a 'non NT-style' domain infrastructure, that is LDAP, DNS, Kerberos and Samba, as compared to a plain Samba PDC solution. This is due to the fact that Active Directory is intended for use with Windows in these situations and that it is supposed to be used in this way.

Nothing bad about it as such, it is just a reason as to why Samba 4 aims to being able to emulate a complete Active Directory infrastructure mimicly.

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