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04.09.13

The Linux Foundation and Microsoft Take Another Step Ahead

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Virtualisation at 10:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Money from Microsoft helps influence a Linux banding of companies that need virtualisation

AS Red Hat recently hired from Microsoft for virtualisation leadership we needn’t be shocked that in a Linux Foundation article from Zemlin [1, 2], with help or a boost from New York Times blogs that label it “Corporate Style” (as if ethics can be neglected when you deal with a corporation), Red Hat et al. enter into bed with Microsoft. This is widely covered, naming both the Linux Foundation and Microsoft. “Is Microsoft influence already making itself felt at Red Hat?” This is what Will Hill thinks. It is about virtualisation:

Recently, I argued that while there’s been a lot of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) hype, it’s also real and will redefine corporate networking in the coming years. The Linux Foundation agrees and — in its OpenDaylight Project — has introduced a community-led and industry-supported open-source framework to accelerate SDN adoption, foster new innovation, and give it a more open and transparent approach.

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Red Hat will be working on building and delivering an SDN solution that integrates with OpenStack and Linux’s built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

Microsoft hasn’t spelled out what it plans to contribute to the project yet.

For now, it provides funding and insists on making its virtualisation purely proprietary. Last year Microsoft indirectly (but more directly than before) paid the Linux Foundation as well. We has seen that before and it leads to self-censorship.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

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    It’s always a problem when companies are stupid enough to bring in a Microsofter. It can only ever end badly for the company and is a mistake best avoided. Red Hat needs, in the interest of self-preservation, to kick him out before he settles in and brings in yet more Microsofters and even more M$ “technology”.

    About SDN, it’s hard to see past the large amounts of hype. Isn’t that something that is already available using Quagga or PF/OpenBGPd?

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