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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Here we go again
by abraxas on Fri 24th Jul 2009 13:27 UTC
abraxas
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2005-07-07

I see the freaks have come out in force to defend their blind hatred. I think it's obvious from Microsoft's actions the past two years that they have accepted that Linux is here to stay and have been actively working with the open source community on several fronts. I think some people forget that Microsoft is a company that needs to compete with Linux directly. There is never going to be some kumbaya moment when Microsoft gives away their entire business. Do I wish they were more open? Sure, but things have definitely been getting better and we should happy that things are progressing in the right direction. Patience is a virtue. IBM was once the evil empire. Look how far they have come.

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RE: Here we go again
by makomk on Fri 24th Jul 2009 20:07 in reply to "Here we go again"
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2009-07-24

No, Microsoft haven't accepted Linux. They've accepted open source software - and are on a charm offensive to make Windows a major platform for it, including throwing a moderately decent amount of money and development effort at making popular open source programs like Apache run better on Windows. Linux is still something they see as a threat. Witness the recent lawsuits against embedded Linux vendors, or their FUD about Linux patent risks.

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