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09.11.09

Trouble in Novell/Microsoft Paradise

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Novell, Ron Hovsepian, Steve Ballmer, Virtualisation at 6:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apocalypse thunderstorm

Summary: Novell discovers what it’s like to work with a ‘partner’ like Microsoft now that Novell employees are left to make Microsoft hooks work

Microsoft not only violated the GPL before releasing some kernel hooks for Microsoft’s proprietary software [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] (Microsoft sent out Ramji to spin it, but he's quitting the company now); it is also showing total lack of interest, if not just the expected indifference. Their semi-ally from Novell, Greg Kroah-Hartman, is now complaining publicly and Microsoft blogs are seeing this.

Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Novell fellow with SuSE Labs and Linux Driver Project lead, posted on September 9 a status update on the drivers being assembled for inclusion in the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, Kroah-Hartman had some harsh words about Microsoft’s participation since its original announcement of its GPL plans in late July.

This is already in Slashdot and in SD Times.

Microsoft’s developers were missing in action after the company donated GPL-licensed drivers to the Linux kernel community in July, leaving significant work to the Linux community, according to Linux driver project lead and Novell fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman.

“Leaving significant work to the Linux community,” eh? Surely this “Linux community” (translation: Novell engineers) is anxious to get its hands on this code and make it working to increase sales of Microsoft products (Hyper-V), then put GNU/Linux under Windows, just as Ron Hovsepian agreed with Steve Ballmer and publicly confessed in early 2007.

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