Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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Don't hate them - but be careful!
by bralkein on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 23:26 UTC
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I basically agree with what Linus says in TFA, but of course since MS has made threats against Linux in the past I think it would be wise to treat them with a little bit of healthy suspicion!

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WereCatf Member since:

Of course, Microsoft has done a lot of despicable things and they've been caught doing it several times. For example they were caught red-handed bribing the ISO committee... You'd be a fool for trusting them, but blind hatred towards them ain't any saner either.

There's lots of F/OSS advocates/fanbois who don't want Microsoft to have anything to do with F/OSS software. Some have gone even so far as to suggesting to modify GPL license so that Microsoft nor it's employees can use that software or code. That's the kind of people Linus doesn't want to get labeled as and I do have to agree with him. F/OSS is all about sharing, even with your most hated enemies.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:

I followed the OpenXML conflict pretty closely. Microsoft was not caught bribing any ISO body. The even you're referring to is probably the one which happened in Sweden.

In that circumstance, Microsoft itself reported an inappropriate offer by an employee, who didn't know better, to give marketing benefits to partner companies for joining that national body. The situation was reported voluntarily by Microsoft, the offers were withdrawn very soon after they were sent, and it's unlikely that it had an effect on the outcome.

I'd say that's a pretty honest way for the company to behave given that a mistake was made by an employee.

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