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Microsoft's Linux code contribution - what about patents?

Jul 21, 2009, 00:03 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to smk for this link. ]

"The actual code that Microsoft is making available are drivers -- known as loadable kernel modules -- that will enable Linux to run better on Hyper-V. Specifically, Ramji explained that the drivers will enable Linux to benefit from Microsoft's "enlightened" virtualization.

""What we've done in Windows Server 2008 is a system called 'enlightenments,' where the operating system knows whether it's installed directly on the metal or if it's installed on top of a virtualization hypervisor," Ramji said. "What we've done in these Linux device drivers is we've enabled Linux as a guest to run on top of Hyper-V in exactly the same way that Windows Server does.""

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