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05.06.07

The Crazy Theory: Is “Microsoft Linux” Already in the Making?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, SCO at 5:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Does Microsoft want SUSE? This far-fetched idea has been discussed before. Nevertheless, this idea is very much alive, although most would pretent it’s lunacy and dismiss it as a conspiracy theory. It may be worth repeating now that we know Novell is cooking a .NET-rich Linux desktop.
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It has already become apparent who is pulling whose string after this deal. The wildest of all speculations might even suggest that Microsoft is hoping to exploit Novell’s development efforts, at its own expense — that Novell will do its dirty work and prepare a Windows-like platform under the disguise of a Linux agenda (and therefore far away from loud criticism, backlash, and even outcry followed by legal actions).

It has already been stated by the press that the codebase of Windows Vista is unmaintainable. The operating system is not sufficiently modular. This led to the rubbishing of Longhorn back in 2005 when Jim Allchin called it “a pig”. According to one source, up to 60% of the code in Windows Vista still needs to be rewritten. A UNIX-type kernel seems like the only way out of this dead-end pathway. Meanwhile, project Singularity from Microsoft has apparently faded into oblivion. Microsoft’s newly-acquired partner could offer a gem.

Allow me to stress something: this is just a crazy speculation at the stage, no doubt, but it is worth expressing in textual form while it makes some sense, perhaps just remotely, only in a parallel universe occupied with hidden agendas. Bear in mind that Novell could in fact inherit SCO’s code, not just its role (“the next SCO”). Ironically, that is the very same company which Novell battles in court over code. All in all, the point of the matter is that everything seems possible when one looks at the very long term.

Remember this: Vista is not maintainable. Microsoft shyly and secretly admits that. The missing link here might be .NET (and Mono). The coy attitude and ties with Port 25 do not make Novell look like a model open source citizen, to say the very least. If anything, increasingly we see a convergence between Microsoft’s Open Source labs and Novell.

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  1. gpl1 said,

    May 6, 2007 at 6:40 am

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    I think this is possible but only if they change to a BSD kernel and non-GPL’d userland. Microsoft has no use for the GPL at all but likes other open source– I don’t mean free software– licenses (eg., ROTOR)

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 6, 2007 at 8:48 am

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    There have been a few interesting and relevant posts in the last couple of days. First, consider this one:

    Core, Complement, and Context: Channeling Geoffrey Moore on Open Source

    But this is also why I maintain that Microsoft could now publish most of their software using open source licenses to advantage — including Windows and Office (were it legally possible). Their core competency today is actually tied up in the capital (human knowledge and physical) and processes that enable the Windows and Office distros and support to be delivered through the global channel, and no longer in the source code base itself. Microsoft could use open source communities to re-invigorate the franchises.

    Then, have a look at this one from asp.net.

    Why Microsoft can’t ship open source code

    The problem boils down to code pedigree, the nightmare scenario, and software patents.

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