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Microsoft rep faces tough questions at Linux Summit

Apr 14, 2009, 12:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"The operating system roundtable discussion, which was called "Why Can't We All Just Get Along," included Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, Sun community and developer vice president Ian Murdock, and Microsoft platform strategy director Sam Ramji.

"Much of the discussion related to Microsoft and its rocky relationship with open source software. Ramji, who runs Microsoft's open source software lab and plays a role in influencing Microsoft's open source strategy, faced some tough questions from fellow panelists and the audience. He was not flustered by the inquisition and responded with cogent thoughts and some witty retorts.

"He said that Microsoft's commitment to delivering compatibility with open source software is largely driven by user demand. Indeed, a growing number of companies are deploying Apache, PHP, and other open source software components on Windows-based servers. Microsoft seems to have noticed this trend and has been working to build closer ties with the Apache community. Microsoft joined the Apache Foundation last year and has already contributed some of its code to an Apache interoperability effort relating to service-oriented applications. Microsoft also adopted Apache's permissive open source license for its Web sandbox initiative instead of using one of its own two OSI-approved shared source licenses."

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