Microsoft Patches Linux; Linus Responds
Jul 23, 2009, 22:02 (12 Talkback[s])
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"You can’t help but notice the very first line,
“a break from the ordinary.” That’s right.
Normally Microsoft is trying to destroy Linux and free software.
They hate the GPL license which they call a virus, a cancer, the
destroyer of intellectual property, and even anti-American.
It’s also just that - a break. Nothing has changed in
Redmond, the company still hates Linux and they still want to
"So why the patch? Well, it contains three drivers which will
enhance the performance of Linux when virtualized as a guest under
Microsoft’s virtualization product, Hyper-V. Ahh, now the
truth starts to emerge. The purpose of the code has nothing to do
with being generous, but rather it is to ensure that Linux will run
well under their own virtualization technology. Microsoft has well
realized that the world is moving towards free software and that
users are implementing Linux in their infrastructure.
"Even though the motivation is a purely selfish one, is there
anything wrong with that? Microsoft certainly plans to
“outsmart open source” and this move should be seen in
that light, but at the end of the day they are doing the
unthinkable - contributing to free software - and that’s a
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