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Microsoft Puts Proprietary Windows and Hyper-V Inside the Free Software-Centric OpenStack

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Summary: OpenStack, which celebrates rapid growth in this month's event in Canada, is facing a proprietarisation threat from Microsoft

FOR A NUMBER of years now Microsoft has been trying to subvert OpenStack, making it proprietary and Windows-leaning. It never quite succeeded, but with help from Canonical and Cloudbase Microsoft is getting closer. To quote this report, "Canonical has just announced a new partnership with Cloudbase Solutions, a company that develops Windows components in OpenStack, which will allow customers to run KVM and Hyper-V environments side by side in the same cloud."



"When Microsoft releases something as "Open Source" it is merely marketing or an intrusion attempt."OpenStack is Apache-licensed, Python-based, and it generally strives to integrate only free components. Why would it allow Microsoft anywhere near it? Hyper-V is proprietary, it requires Windows (with back doors), and it has no place in an "open" stack like OpenStack.

Microsoft has nothing at all to do with Free/Open Source software (FOSS). Microsoft is attacking FOSS. When Microsoft releases something as "Open Source" it is merely marketing or an intrusion attempt. Earlier this month, as we noted last week, Microsoft released some useless code as "Open Source" (to misleadingly associate Windows with "Open Source") and Microsoft apologists like Paul Krill covered it at the time, noting that "Analysts see Windows Communication Foundation as a last-generation technology, which limits its usefulness" (as usual).

Remember when Microsoft was throwing some DOS code (not as Open Source) out there to create a publicity party/PR stunt? That was one year ago.

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