Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 17:50 UTC, submitted by Jan Schaumann
NetBSD As noted in Hubert Feyrer's blog, the upcoming Sidekick LX 2009/Blade is rumored to be running NetBSD instead of Microsoft CE, causing Microsoft's recruiters to look for NetBSD engineers.
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RE: Who knows...
by fithisux on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 15:11 UTC in reply to "Who knows..."
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Microsoft seems way less negative towards OSS than they where just a few years ago.

Maybe a furure Windows Mobile OS will be NetBSD-based?

(Just tossing ideas around here, don't take this too seriously...)

Especially when they can take whatever they want without contributing back.

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RE[2]: Who knows...
by foldingstock on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 15:29 in reply to "RE: Who knows..."
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Especially when they can take whatever they want without contributing back.

NetBSD is released under a BSD license, which permits this kind of behavior. *BSD developers know and understand this. I would rather MS use *BSD code that is stable and secure instead of whipping up some half-assed alternative.

OpenSSH, developed by the OpenBSD team, is widely used around the globe. Many companies that use OpenSSH do so without contributing code back to OpenBSD. While some view this as a bad thing, I do not. I would rather OpenSSH be used, whether they contribute back or not, then some alternative that is insecure.

Software freedom can mean many different things.

If NetBSD runs well and does what they need on the Sidekick, then they should use it. The NetBSD team should be proud.

Edited 2009-02-03 15:34 UTC

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