That 20-year trend hasn't changed
Posted Nov 25, 2010 1:34 UTC (Thu) by kmself
In reply to: I'll update my worldview when I see reason
Parent article: Novell sold to Attachmate
And many of the people quoted are still direct players in the company and its "ecosystem" today.
IBM experienced a sea-change in the early 1990s. Microsoft have seen some setbacks, but I don't think the company has collectively had the experience IBM did at the time. Changing corporate cultures is, as Barbie might say, hard. Really hard.
As for Microsoft contributing to OSS: there are nine commits to the kernel source tree for 2.6.35 from Haiyang Zhang and Hank Janssen. From:
log-2.6.35.gz, part of Greg Kroah-Hartman's Kernel History.
Microsoft have committed a few of their own projects as OSS, and helped out in a few other ways. Oh yeah: hypocrisy is the spice of life, and companies in particular can be spectacularly inconsistent.
That said, at the top, MSFT are still strongly anti-Linux from all I've seen. We're hurting them badly, where it counts.
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