Sure, it seems logical actually. Just like British cars generally stay in Britain. Ever noticed how it will get someone's attention if you have your steering wheel on the right hand side?(I'd imagine the same would be said for having the driver sit on the left hand side, for an Englishman)Has ANYONE bothered to notice that Microsoft's "contributions" are USELESS unless you are working with MICROSOFT products???
Now of course in recent years things have changed, where those cars are now built in America.(Driver on the left, though)
At some point, the code will have the same outcome. Why wouldn't it? Open source is on an upward trajectory.(no matter how slight it may be, it's less slight now than it was say 5-10 years ago)
Besides, I would imagine that most open source programmers on the linux side would take the position that "I'm not using that". I wouldn't either.
I think generosity was the last thing on their minds. But the road is still free. And not only that, they gave you the blueprint on how they built the road, which exactly is what all of us keep asking for. Isn't it?You don't have to pay a toll to use Wal-Mart's parking lot, nor the access road! How GENEROUS they are! LOOK at all the FREE roads they build!
Something that a lot of people around here should consider is the change of culture:
Just as a lot of people on the linux side have blind irrational hatred of anything microsoft, even this - there's aversion among users of the other side.
If Microsoft themselves is opening up it's sources, that will inevitably soften the stance of the closed sourcers.
How could it not? Getting them to switch to Linux will be still be a hard task, but at least the wall is being broken - and by Microsoft themselves.