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Open source expert takes on the hardest job at Microsoft

Mar 01, 2011, 17:32 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Brodkin)

[ Thanks to Jon Brodkin for this link. ]

"A few months ago, Gianugo Rabellino traded his Linux and Mac PCs for a Windows 7 laptop, left the open source company he founded and moved to Redmond for a new job with Microsoft. His goal: improve Microsoft's credibility within open source circles.

"As director of open source communities at the vendor most reviled by open source enthusiasts, Rabellino might have been taking on a purely quixotic quest had he joined Redmond a decade ago, when CEO Steve Ballmer was still spouting off about Linux being a "cancer."

"TURNABOUT: Microsoft: 'We love open source'

"But Microsoft has taken numerous steps forward (as well as a few steps back) in the open source world since those days, and Rabellino thinks the time is right for Microsoft to boost its ties to at least some elements of the open source community."

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