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Windows 7: Understanding Microsoft's Linux code shocker


23 Jul 2009   #1

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 
Understanding Microsoft's Linux code shocker

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Microsoft dropped a mini-bombshell on Monday, announcing that it is contributing thousands of lines of code for inclusion in Linux.
But lest anyone think Microsoft suffered a massive head trauma over the weekend, the code it is releasing isn't really about helping Linux compete better with Microsoft. The drivers are really geared at making Windows a better host for Linux.
"The Linux device drivers we are releasing are designed so Linux can run in enlightened mode, giving it the same optimized synthetic devices as a Windows virtual machine running on top of Hyper-V," Tom Hanrahan, director of Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center, said in a statement. "Without this driver code, Linux can run on top of Windows, but without the same high performance levels."
As noted by CNET Blog Network writer Matt Asay, Microsoft is releasing three drivers for Linux under the GPL that governs Linux.
Although Microsoft has released open-source code in the past, the company has generally favored licenses other than the GPL. That said, the GPL is the way into the Linux kernel and Microsoft wants this code in Linux.
In an article on its press Web site, Microsoft acknowledged the departure. The company has also been going after Linux for years, both on the marketing and legal fronts.
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24 Jul 2009   #2

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
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24 Jul 2009   #3

Vista64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petrossa View Post
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
Microsoft isnt a greek company....calm down.
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24 Jul 2009   #4

 
 

This certainly is an interesting move from Microsoft, especially considering the release of Win Server 2008 R2 being upon us.

As a sys. admin of many Linux servers, I welcome this from Microsoft - but I am weary of their true intentions behind this...
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24 Jul 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petrossa View Post
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

+1
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24 Jul 2009   #6

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

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24 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
Ah yes but it is admonishing the bewaring of Greeks and the gifts they bring. Ergo wwoods coment is apropros.

Very few Americans learn the Classics anymore or Latin...For that matter, very few Americans learn any language anymore and have great difficulty with their own.

We remain a clueless society when it comes to other cultures. This has only become worse with the continued decline in education here.

Being an antique, I am a rare exception. I studied, variously, Spanish, Latin, German, and French. Can hardly speak a word of any of them these days, but I studied them.

On the otherhand, that education greatly expanded my knowledge and understanding of English and expanded my vocabulary beyond my ability to spell the words I'm using.

It would appear that TEWS is an exception as well.
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24 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Perhaps he should have said:

Timeo Microsoft et dona ferentes
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24 Jul 2009   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Catswold View Post
Very few Americans learn Latin anymore...
i think this is a world-wide phenomenon - very few people (period) learn latin anymore...

one of the perils of being a dead language i suppose!

at school (30 or so years ago) i had the choice between german and latin - i decided german would be a little more useful...
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24 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

For those in science, back in my days at college, studying Latin with French or German was very useful for those majoring in the sciences. I suppose a knowledge of Japanese, Mandarin or Gujarati might be more useful now

Although, they are doing some great stuff over there at CERN.
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