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Microsoft Supporting Open Source: Threat or Promise?

Apr 24, 2012, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"Just because Microsoft formed a new company strictly for handling open source code doesn't mean they've suddenly had a change of heart regarding software patents. Fact is, there's big money in patent ownership within the software space. And while I'm personally not a fan, Microsoft is quite content in pursuing software patents as part of their business.

"After looking at the issue, I feel that Microsoft first began embracing open source because they had to. While I doubt we'll see much of it on the desktop, they're embracing it quite heavily within the enterprise space. Hyper-V is one such example of how Microsoft has seen the value in working closely with the open source community.

"But despite this cooperation between the open source community and Microsoft, the idea is that Linux will be the guest operating system in this equation."

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