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From the White House to (no kidding) Microsoft, open source shined in '09

Dec 15, 2009, 14:02 (1 Talkback[s])

"The struggling economy turned out to be favorable for Linux and open source, as IT teams scrambled to do more with shrunken budgets. And throughout the year, the open source community saw milestone events and emerging trends that will likely continue into 2010 and beyond.

"Perhaps the most shocking event was Microsoft's submission of code for inclusion in the Linux kernel under a GPL license that Microsoft once tagged as a threat to capitalism itself. But it was not so much an olive branch as it was a brain freeze: Microsoft had inadvertently included some open source code in the virtualization drivers it eventually submitted for the Linux kernel and was more or less left with little choice."

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