[update: o inferno continua a gelar, microsoft makes second GPLv2 release in as many days, escusado será dizer que em ambos os casos a única beneficiada é a própria]
Linus Torvalds o criador do kernel Linux disse um dia que “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won”, pois bem parece que Linus Torvalds acaba de ganhar, uma vez que segundo noticia o site Linux.com, a microsoft contribuiu com cerca de 20000 linhas de código sob GPLv2 para que o kernel Linux possa funcionar melhor com o software de virtualização da microsoft.
In order to provide better support for Linux as a guest OS for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization app, Microsoft is contributing 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux kernel under the GPL v2 license. The code has been submitted for inclusion to the main Linux kernel source tree.
Mais info na lista do kernel lkml
I’m happy to announce, that after many months of discussions, Microsoft
has released their Hyper-V Linux drivers under the GPLv2. Following
this message, will be the patches that add the drivers to the
drivers/staging/ tree, and a whole bunch of cleanups.
It’s taken a long road to get here, and I’d like to thank the following
people who made this possible:
– Steve Hemminger for the initial prodding and extreme patience
– Hank Janssen for providing the code and working with me to get it
into a workable and semi-mergable state. His involvement within
Microsoft was also invaluable.
– Sam Ramji for his push within Microsoft to make this happen in a
manner that works with the Linux community.
– Novell for sponsoring my work on the Linux Driver project, without
which, this would not have even been possible.
And there are many others both within Novell and Microsoft, who I do not
want to slight by not naming, but the list would be too long to go into.