Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

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Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Post icon  Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:24 AM

Today, Microsoft released 20,000 lines of source code to contribute to the Linux Kernel. The source code includes 3 device drivers for Linux, introduced to the Linux community to be included in the system development tree. The code was released under GPL v2.

This is probably one of the steps that will assure better integration between Windows and Linux systems. Is this a good step? Yes, indeed, because it is one of the steps that will assure Microsoft technologies to be better supported on the Linux system. One of the interesting elements in this case appears to be Hyper-V - the release of the source code will assure better interoperability when Linux runs on top of Hyper-V.

For more information, take a look at this Channel 9 video.

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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:28 AM

That's...interesting to say the least.
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:38 AM

I think if Microsoft stays as merely that, a contributor, then it'll be fine. But any further and I'd worry.
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:06 AM

WTF. I'm really shocked by this one. :|

I guess it's a clever move though, in the long run.

Now we just need apple to contri...

Never mind.

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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:11 AM

View Postgabehabe, on 20 Jul, 2009 - 10:06 AM, said:

Now we just need apple to contri...

I'm sure all of the FreeBSD that needed to be contributed already has been ;)
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:12 AM

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Now we just need apple to contri...

Lol... right...

It is great the Microsoft is contributing to Linux, maybe Linux people won't hate Microsoft so much.
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:12 AM

I knew this would happen years ago, just didn't know when.
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:16 AM

Microsoft never ceases to amaze me, first they start releasing source code, then the Community Promise Patenting to C# and CLI, now code for the Linux kernel. Maybe they're really trying to finally open up to the open source community (it's about damn time if you ask me)
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:29 AM

Satan called, apparently Hell has frozen over.



On a more serious note, this looks like a win win. :)
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:39 AM

I heard about this sometime back. I think it is a small step in the right direction. Hopefully something good will come from this and Microsoft will become more involved in the open source community. :)
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:45 AM

I think it's going to annoy lots of people, which is fantastic in itself. :)
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:03 AM

This is great this move benefits Microsoft and the Linux kernel. It'll be Interesting to see what else Microsoft will bring to the table
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:44 AM

I would love a Linux version of IE (Without having to run wine). Even an IE light - would make testing my web apps a lot easier.
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:58 AM

View Postcfoley, on 21 Jul, 2009 - 03:45 AM, said:

I think it's going to annoy lots of people, which is FANTASTIC[u] in itself. :)


I agree 100%! haha
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Re: Microsoft Contributes Code To The Linux Kernel

Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:08 PM

View PostBetaWar, on 20 Jul, 2009 - 12:12 PM, said:

It is great the Microsoft is contributing to Linux, maybe Linux people won't hate Microsoft so much.

:(

Now I can't complain about how Microsoft stole code from Unix years ago...

*sigh* I guess this makes us even. Though I am wondering how many lines that they stole, compared to how many lines they've contributed... nah, nevermind. I'm actually glad to see the gap getting smaller.

For me, even more surprising than the fact that they submitted the code, is the fact that it was accepted. I bet the team who accepted the code was hard pressed to turn it away at 1st, based on the submitter. On top of that, the code was good enough to be accepted! I'm not saying that Microsoft codes bad, just saying that it's a alien environment, so it's great to see them able to code for it.

This really is win-win.
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