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    Phoronix: Microsoft Has Written Drivers For Linux

    Making its rounds on the Internet today is news that Microsoft is writing drivers for Linux. Yes, really...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzM5NA

  • #2
    These drivers are to enable Linux to work better when running as a guest
    on top of the Hyper-V system.
    So this is to allow Linux to be para-virtualized on Windows?

    Can Windows run para-virtualized on Linux?
    Last edited by Louise; 07-21-2009, 08:54 PM.

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    • #3
      I'd think that they'd want it to go both ways. Ether way would involve a Windows license.

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      • #4
        The background to this story is even more entertaining:

        http://linux-network-plumber.blogspo...microsoft.html

        Congratulations Microsoft!! LOL!!

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        • #5
          To test that driver you would need Windows Server 2008, not that cheap product anyway when you need it longer than the free evaluation period (which you can rearm just like v). The dl is free, but i do not intent to test that driver

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          • #6
            It is beyond me why people don't just save themselves the trouble (and money) and run Linux natively.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vidalinux View Post
              The background to this story is even more entertaining:

              http://linux-network-plumber.blogspo...microsoft.html

              Congratulations Microsoft!! LOL!!
              Very impressive that a small fish can make a wave change direction!

              This will have significant impact for MS, as they now have contributed to Linux kernel, and this may affect future anti trust cases in that they have written GPL software at some point.

              Who knows what impact this will have in 5 years from now.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Linus Torvalds
                If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.
                We win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by thefirstm View Post
                  We win!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  Applications != Drivers

                  Would still be amusing to see some Linux app written by MS

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                  • #10
                    Check this out. Red Hat's legal department have this to say.

                    http://press.redhat.com/2009/07/21/r...-contribution/

                    Keeping in mind that Red Hat might be the most careful about legal issues of any vendor. Think: QT vs. GTK from about 10 years ago.

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                    • #11
                      Well MS released more code under GPL.

                      http://www.educationlabs.com/project...s/default.aspx


                      The Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle Debuts by Peter Galli on July 21, 2009 06:15AM Today, Microsoft announced the Live Services Plug-in for Moodle, a free download released under the General Public License v2 that integrates Microsoft's Live@edu services such as email, calendar, instant messaging and search directly into the Moodle experience. What's even better is that this new, integrated experience is accessible via a single sign-on, which lets teachers and students access the resources and services they need to efficiently communicate, collaborate and learn.
                      Moodle is a free open source course management system that teachers use to create online learning websites for their classes, and has some 30 million users in 207 countries.
                      The plug-in and its feature set was designed as a result of extensive feedback from teachers and institutional IT leaders, and licensed in a way that is consistent with the practices of the open source community - freely under the GPL v2.
                      The news of the release of the Live Services Plug-in for Moodle under GPL v2 follows hot on the heels of Microsoft's release yesterday of 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community under GPL v2.
                      This means that teachers and institutions can download the plug-in under a widely used open source license agreement and under the same terms that Moodle itself is licensed.
                      This approach underscores Microsoft's commitment to interoperability and open standards, as well as to collaboration so as to help customers, partners, educators and students across the world be successful in a heterogeneous technology world.
                      With the Live Services Plug-in, educators can email class notes and lecture slides to everyone in the class as well as send alerts regarding homework assignments or quizzes - all from within the same environment.
                      Students can also utilize Bing for search, check their calendar, send an email or just an instant message - without having to manage multiple accounts in multiple systems. They can do it all right within Moodle. They can also check unread emails using advanced features like keyboard shortcuts to check email quickly for example between class periods or just before lectures start.
                      The Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle will be part of a growing collection of solutions available from the Microsoft Education Labs.
                      For more on this news, you can read the blog from L. Michael Golden, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Education Products Group, as well as what Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas has to say about the plug-in.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NeoBrain View Post
                        Applications != Drivers
                        Close enough...

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                        • #13
                          I was going to write lots of stuff, but in the end all I want to say is: F**k you Microsoft.

                          Edit: Oh and if they want to contribute, what they submitted should be last on their list, and they shouldn't be fueling their fire.
                          Last edited by hax0r; 07-24-2009, 01:29 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thefirstm View Post
                            Close enough...
                            I really only see it fully happening if some American court rules that Microsof has to be split into OS and application parts and the application part starts selling software to whichever platform they see fit. Doesn't make much sense that parts of Microsoft would make other parts of Microsoft compete with an external party.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by thefirstm View Post
                              We win!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                              Not so fast!!

                              Microsoft released that code only because they HAD to do that!

                              See this and this.

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