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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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

The quote from Mr. Torvalds states blatantly that no one gets into FOSS without some personal angle. Developers have a software need, hardware companies have a driver support need, I have multiple machines and VMs at home that would be unaffordable if limited only to retail software licensing. Everybody has a selfish reason and that's part of what keeps FOSS evolving.

Of course IBM has selfish reasons for contributing. Of course, as an amoral corporation, it will follow the profits for the benefit of it's shareholders over the benefit of it's customers. It's still contributing though and that was the key point presented previous to the point on fanaticism.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

And now Microsoft is contributing. Please explain the difference between IBM contributinh for selfish reasons and Microsoft contributing for selfish reasons. No wait, there is none.
Thankfully the people in charge of Linux and the ones actually making the decicions arent rapid anti-MS morons.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

http://www.osnews.com/thread?375047

In short, IBM has outlasted it's history to a greater extent. Microsoft continues many of it's predatory practices and anti-FOSS sentiments from it's highest ranking management. If it's abandon such strategies, this is only very recently. It too may outlast it's history and prove itself through it's own actions as IBM has been doing.

The difference is age and demonstrated actions.

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