Microsoft Releases 20,000 Lines of Linux Code
Microsoft releases 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community under the popular GPLv2 license.Microsoft has released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community. The software giant announced its move at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Jose, Calif., on July 20. The code, which includes three Linux device drivers, has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree, Microsoft said.
The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft officials said.
Examples can be found in the work we have done with the PHP Community, which has involved contributing to the PHP Engine, optimizing PHP 5.3 to perform strongly on Windows, and working to improve the performance of numerous PHP applications on Windows. Then there is the ongoing participation in various Apache Software Foundation projects, such as Hadoop, Stonehenge and QPID. In addition to this, we worked to improve interoperability with Axis2 and provided support to the Firefox community to optimize Firefox for Vista and Windows Media Player.In a statement, Novell said: "As a leading Linux solutions provider and an active player in the Linux community, Novell was influential in bringing this about and has worked closely with Microsoft to make this a reality. Under the direction of Novell Fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman, who leads the Linux Kernel Device Driver project, Novell proactively engaged with Microsoft to provide valuable guidance and feedback to the Open Source Technology Center, which enabled the team to contribute the code in a way that was in line with community processes." Meanwhile, in a blog post, Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe said:
Novell and Microsoft created our partnership primarily to focus on customer needs. We heard from customers that there was a need for greater interoperability between Linux and Windows. We launched a broad partnership collaborating in technology and business to meet customer needs. This was often misunderstood-we were criticized for it-but both companies stuck to our guns because the customer need was the overarching consideration.