Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 09:43 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, some things are just too good to be true. Earlier this week, Microsoft made a relatively stunning announcement that it would contribute some 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, licensed under the GPL. Microsoft isn't particularly fond of either Linux or the GPL, so this was pretty big news. As it turns out, the code drop was brought on by... A GPL violation.
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RE[3]: The Real Surprise
by Beta on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The Real Surprise"
Beta
Member since:
2005-07-06

"A blogger working to find a solution to a problem, rather than just creating a sensationalist spectacle?

Actually, I was thinking of Greg Kroah-Hartman, mudslinging kernel developer and community "spokesperson". But in this case I guess he's Greg Krah-Hartman, Novell employee.
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See Novell’s PR blog tearing a hole into Canonical - as Microsoft has more LOC in Linux than them now - bloody cheeky if you ask me.

It does not surprise me that everyone at Microsoft and Novell kept it quiet, however ‘unintentional’.

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RE[4]: The Real Surprise
by sbergman27 on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 17:42 in reply to "RE[3]: The Real Surprise"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

See Novell’s PR blog tearing a hole into Canonical - as Microsoft has more LOC in Linux than them now

Yeah. Greg likes to quote Linux Kernel stats and present them as if the Linux kernel was the be all and end all of OSS software. It was highly annoying to me until I learned to just ignore most of it.

Edited 2009-07-23 17:43 UTC

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RE[5]: The Real Surprise
by zombie process on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 18:12 in reply to "RE[4]: The Real Surprise"
zombie process Member since:
2005-07-08

...I learned to just ignore most of it.


It has been my experience that this is the majority of the recipe for a happy life. Well, that and huge sacks of money.

Edited 2009-07-23 18:12 UTC

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RE[5]: The Real Surprise
by VistaUser on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 18:43 in reply to "RE[4]: The Real Surprise"
VistaUser Member since:
2008-03-08

Gotta admit that that is a great way to make sure your future hardware is fully supported by Linux. :/

The kernel matters, and since that is where he does his work, it is totally understandable that he would push for others to contribute there too.

However, it must also be said that Ubuntu is generally lacking in contributions all over the stack and not just to the kernel - this has recently been altered a little with the open sourcing of launchpad and also a few contributions here and there to other projects too, but overall, they are a consumer. That is ok, but if they manage to kill off the bigger players, there would be no one left to do the hard work and everyone would suffer in that case.

Until then, feel free to ignore any criticism of their lack of participation.

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