With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. And so it is that Microsoft
When compiled, the 20,000 lines of fresh code power Microsoft's Linux Integration Components, a toolkit that has been available for some time. The programs help Linux operating systems run faster and smoother inside Mr. Softy's virtual server environments. The fact that compiled modules have been available to do this job for months doesn't in any way lessen one simple and powerful takeaway from this announcement:
Microsoft takes Linux seriously. I mean, really seriously.
The cross-licensing agreement with Linux vendor Novell
The Linux operating environment, and much of its components, is built on the legal underpinnings of the GNU Public License framework, which allows anyone to change the licensed code as long as the changes are published to the world.
Microsoft has taken this monumental step to bolster its chances of winning another high-profile rivalry. Virtualization leader VMware
This is far from the first time a massive corporation has endorsed Linux (however reluctantly). International Business Machines
The penguins are invading Redmond. What's next -- full source code for Windows 7?
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