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Is Microsoft Experimenting with the Open Source Model?

Nov 10, 2009, 00:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

[ Thanks to Jeremy LaCroix for this link. ]

"However, to the surprise of all, Microsoft recently attempted to release 20,000 lines of code to the Linux community. The code wasn't accepted, and there was a great deal of debate surrounding the submission, and even confusion over the true purpose of the sudden move.

"Some may argue that Microsoft can't be trusted, but I honestly think that Microsoft knew the code wasn't going to be accepted. Perhaps the entire purpose of the submission was to experiment with submitting open source code to see what such an experience entails. It's the perfect plan: submit code that would never be accepted in the first place, and get a first hand look at the process without having to actually commit to anything. Brilliant! That's just an assumption on my part, but it fits. Microsoft may be many things, but they're not stupid."

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