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    Default Microsoft Has Written Drivers For Linux

    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

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    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 at 09:54 PM.

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

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    The background to this story is even more entertaining:

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

    Congratulations Microsoft!! LOL!!

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

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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Linus Torvalds
    If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.
    We win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote 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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    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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