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Greg Kroah-Hartman Gripes About Microsoft's Linux Contribution; MS Renews Effort 213

Posted by timothy
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dp619 writes "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. The company rekindled its involvement after Kroah-Hartman published a status report this week. Kroah-Hartman said that other companies were also laggards in Linux development, and that Microsoft's lack of involvement was nothing out of the ordinary."
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Greg Kroah-Hartman Gripes About Microsoft's Linux Contribution; MS Renews Effort

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  • Thanks (Score:0, Funny)

    by El Lobo (994537) * on Thursday September 10, 2009 @06:37PM (#29383951)
    Hmm.. did they forget to thank? It's quite common to cry about this and that... when the only think needed is to shut your mouth and THANK for the little help.
  • by QuantumG (50515) * <qg@biodome.org> on Thursday September 10, 2009 @06:49PM (#29384093) Homepage Journal

    Wow, did you not even read the summary? Greg KH bitches about everybody.

  • by NoYob (1630681) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @07:57PM (#29384693)
    I'm just hoping for a day when Apple does the same thing - watching the Apple fanboys against the FOSS fanboys go at it and the dual Apple/FOSS fanboys having aneurysms would be an incredibly entertaining set of threads!

    If it has happened, please oh please post the link!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10, 2009 @08:08PM (#29384775)

    When it comes to Apple, you suddenly start hearing sentiments such as "closed environment is a good thing for the users because it Just Works" and "it works so well because they won't let you touch it with your dirty hands" from the very same people who are bitching about Windows kernel not being GPL'd five minutes ago.

    My theory is that, so long as an OS has bash/sed/grep/awk and properly-working Flash and no-headache audio and video, no-one cares about the license anymore.

  • by LearnToSpell (694184) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @09:03PM (#29384971) Homepage
    I don't think the GPL has a defined coding style. Maybe we can put that in v.4.
  • Re:Thanks (Score:5, Funny)

    by Qubit (100461) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @09:39PM (#29385195) Homepage Journal

    Hmm.. did they forget to thank? It's quite common to cry about this and that... when the only think needed is to shut your mouth and THANK for the little help.

    If you're here to build me a bridge, then tell me so and build it. If you're here to bring me a stone, then don't tell me you're here to build me a bridge.

    Oh, cry me a river...

  • by Tubal-Cain (1289912) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @09:40PM (#29385199) Journal
    So the editors are trying to trick us into reading the article by hiding it in the summary? Good thing it didn't work.
  • by symbolset (646467) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @10:13PM (#29385365) Journal

    I'd just like to see more positive reinforcement, lest their devs lose any inclination to release code voluntarily in the future.

    This code supports Linux guests in Hyper-V. In other words, it takes the legendary speed, security and stability of Windows and fuses it to the famous app compatibility and user friendliness of Linux.

    It's fair to say the world is better off without it. I'd just as soon people didn't encourage such foolishness.

  • by tolkienfan (892463) on Thursday September 10, 2009 @11:05PM (#29385681) Journal
    That's weird - I have mod points, and your comment is both overrated (5-insightful) and off-topic (as you pointed out).
    Damn! I've posted, now I can't mod it. Oh well - I'll go mod some of your posts in another thread...
    This [slashdot.org] one is underrated and hilarious. I'll start there.
  • Re:Thanks (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10, 2009 @11:07PM (#29385695)

    they dumped crap code

    In Microsoft's defense, I've used quite a few of their products over the years and if the quality of those products is any indication, I can but assume that they figured the code they contributed to the kernel was actually really good. In essence, they probably just don't know any better.

    Why anyone would expect quality code to come out of MS, I don't understand. That's like going to McDonald's and expecting a gourmet meal. Sure, I could always go back up to the counter, Big Mac in hand, and patiently explain how I came really expecting champagne and caviar, but I would probably just succeed in getting myself thrown out.

    Hopefully, this sheds some light on the situation we have under scrutiny here.

  • Re:Thanks (Score:2, Funny)

    by BitZtream (692029) on Friday September 11, 2009 @12:58AM (#29386183)

    So I guess the people who run Linux on MS servers aren't part of the Linux community?

    I guess the poor guys that have to do this sort of thing because some manager says so, aren't cool enough to be part of your retarded little club?

    Get a grip, god Linux fanboys are a pile of whiney bitches. Add another thing to the list of reasons Linux will always be the third world country of software world, no one likes a bunch of whiney bitches.

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