Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Microsoft Gives 20KLine of Code to Linux Community

According to the post from, Microsoft, the largest software maker on the planet released 20 KLOC of driver code to the Open-Source Community under GPLv2 license.

On June 21, 2009, Microsoft has announced that it is releasing about 20,000 lines of device driver code directly to the Linux community. The code includes three Linux device drivers and has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree.

Microsoft says that the code will be available to the Linux community and customers alike and is designed to enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The driver code will allow Linux to run in enlightened mode providing it with the same optimized synthetic devices as a Windows virtual machine running on top of Hyper-V. Prior to offering the code Linux could run on Hyper-V, but without the high levels of performance that the new driver code will allow.

Microsoft's Sam Ramji said, "We are seeing Microsoft communities and open source communities grow together, which is ultimately of benefit to our customers. The Linux community, for example, has built a platform used by many customers. So our strategy is to enhance interoperability between the Windows platform and many open source technologies, which includes Linux, to provide the choices our customers are asking for. So there’s mutual benefit for customers, for Microsoft, and for commercial and community distributions of Linux, to enhance the performance of Linux as a guest operating system where Windows Server is the host."

I can recall my discussion with Microsoft India's, Senior Professional Manager, Mrs. Lalitha Prasad, regarding relation between Microsoft and Open-Source. She claimed that Open-Source and Microsoft together can make better world.

I hope the lines will be excluding "//" or EULA


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