"In particular, we talked about Strawberry Perl , an open source
implementation which gives Perl on Windows some very important
functionality it has on other platforms - full compatibility with
CPAN , the canonical location for Perl code and modules.
"Microsoft's presence at the conference was in keeping with
moves over the last two years or so, to try and have a conversation
with the free and open software community as it seeks to find a way
to make money off open source.
"ut if any Microsoft employee went to a free software or open
source conference today, I doubt he or she would attract anything
other than hostile glares. By suing GPS device maker TomTom over
alleged violation of patents connected with an implementation of
the Linux kernel any goodwill that Microsoft has built up has gone
down the drain."