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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-09-01 Print this article Print

There are other indications that the often-hostile relations between Microsoft and the open-source community are thawing, as Microsoft continues to reach out and open new dialogue with the most prominent members of the open-source community. As first reported in eWEEK, Microsoft invited Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative and vice president of open-source affairs at Linux vendor Red Hat Inc., to meet and start a constructive dialogue.
Earlier this year, Microsofts Smith also extended an olive branch to the open-source community, asking for a meeting to see how his company could better work with the community.
If Microsoft wants to collaborate with the OSDL and the open-source community, the company should start working to ensure that Linux and Windows work better together, said some open-source software users. A good place to start would be for Microsoft to publish, in an unencumbered form, the information necessary for third-party software to interoperate fully with products like Office and Exchange, said Con Zyaris, CEO of Cybersource Pty. Ltd., an open-source solutions company in Melbourne, Australia. "Most businesses will end up running a combination of proprietary and open-source software. By joining with the open-source industry and working toward reducing the interoperability headaches between the two, Microsoft can help its own customers as well as make it easier for users to select and move to the platform that is best suited to them," he said. Most of the efforts toward improving interoperability between open-source software and the Microsoft platforms have been shouldered by the open-source community. "Apache, PHP, MySQL, Perl, Sendmail, PostgreSQL, Firefox, and several thousand other open-source technologies have been ported to run on Windows. In comparison, Microsoft has not made any effort to bring any of its major technologies, such as Exchange, Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer or SQL Server, to Linux," Zyaris said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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