Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 20th Jul 2009 18:05 UTC
Microsoft It all started with some free lunch four years ago, and then it morphed into a free patch. Along came Moonlight and some other developments, and now Microsoft has donated 20,000 lines of driver code to be included in the Linux tree. Yes-- Microsoft contributed drivers to the Linux community.
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JohnFlux
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2007-01-04

Ah yes, the new nice Microsoft that is currently suing companies for using VFAT drivers.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Not companies, a company, and there is probably more to that story then is being reported. I think this is more a good ol fashion shakedown by a big company to a smaller one that is on the rise (like this http://www.forbes.com/asap/2002/0624/044.html) rather then a general direction of not interoperating with anyone.

If you note, I said

playing much nicer


and the whole point of that post was that people shouldn't get too excited over this.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Not companies, a company, and there is probably more to that story then is being reported. I think this is more a good ol fashion shakedown by a big company to a smaller one that is on the rise (like this http://www.forbes.com/asap/2002/0624/044.html) rather then a general direction of not interoperating with anyone.

If you note, I said

playing much nicer

and the whole point of that post was that people shouldn't get too excited over this.


The net result of suing TomTom has been Buffalo signing an agreement with Microsoft - kinda reminds me of the mafia, "well, you know, we are looking out for your best interests; we don't want you crippled like that poor store owner Pete on the corner. Now if you sign an agreement with us, I'm sure such a tragedy would never occur to you".

Edited 2009-07-20 19:47 UTC

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