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Head of Oracle Linux Moves To Microsoft (zdnet.com) 95

An anonymous reader writes: Wim Coekaerts, formerly Oracle's Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, has left Oracle for Microsoft. Many of you may know of Coekaerts as "Mr. Linux" as he delivered the first Linux products, transitioned Oracle's programming staff from Windows to Linux desktops, and turned Oracle into a Linux distributor with the launch of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, Oracle Linux. Mike Neil, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Cloud, told ZDNet, "Wim Coekaerts has joined Microsoft as Corp VP of Open Source in our Enterprise Cloud Group. As we continue to deepen our commitment to open source, Wim will focus on deepening our engagement, contributions and innovation to the open-source community."
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Head of Oracle Linux Moves To Microsoft

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  • Seen this before? (Score:1, Informative)

    Embrace, extend and extinguish
    • Re:Seen this before? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Natales ( 182136 ) on Sunday April 03, 2016 @12:47PM (#51832761)
      Not this time. I think this is an acknowledgment that they need to rethink what's important, and it's not the OS anymore. It's the Cloud (both, IaaS and PaaS), where AWS is the biggest competitor and the one to beat, reason why Azure is so strategic for Microsoft. They need to have expertise and business solutions whatever underlying OS the customer may choose. If Linux, they need to have an outstanding support for it in Azure and across all their offerings.

      We may think this is the same old Microsoft, but I believe they are going through one of their biggest reinventions to date.
      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        by Burz ( 138833 )

        So that stack of patents they are using to collect from Android -- but won't acknowledge to the public -- Is that part of the "rethink"?

        How about all the open formats that Windows ignores? And my favorite... being told I need to reformat an external drive "in order to use it", when it already has EXT4 (and data!) on it. Apparently it would just kill MS to tell users the device contains a Linux format that can't be mounted. HOW FRIENDLY!

        In the web space, they are desperate for Azure to compete with FOSS, so

        • by Burz ( 138833 )

          I should have also mentioned that Hyper-V is the Azure hypervisor, which is competing with Xen used by AWS. Both hypervisors are the "bare metal" type.

        • Re:Seen this before? (Score:5, Interesting)

          by dontbemad ( 2683011 ) on Sunday April 03, 2016 @03:17PM (#51833607)

          At the personal tech. level, however, not even the pretense of being FOSS-friendly is there.

          Small steps, friend. As a "personal" user of Windows, as well as a developer, I can't tell you how excited I am to see the .Net framework open-sourced, Xamarin made free, Visual Studio given a powerful free version, and just the many other changes that have been made recently at the company. These have huge implications for the amount of small-scale, well functioning open-source projects that can start to exist for Windows now.

          Yeah, Microsoft isn't quite matching RMS's level of enthusiasm for FOSS, either in the enterprise or on the personal computing level, but I think the behemoth has to move at a slow pace, at least for now, to shake off all the rust that has accumulated under Ballmer's reign. I like what I'm seeing so far, and I'm excited to see where it goes.

          • Yeah, Microsoft isn't quite matching RMS's level of enthusiasm for FOSS, either in the enterprise or on the personal computing level, but I think the behemoth has to move at a slow pace, at least for now,

            Exactly. RMS doesn't have shareholders to placate, so he can afford to be ideological. MS has many more constituencies and priorities to juggle, so there is much more inertia. It's also pretty obvious that there are competing factions within MS with different visions. Hopefully Nadella will listen to the engineers and politely tell the marketdroids to get bent.

          • by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Monday April 04, 2016 @08:14AM (#51837059)
            Ahh, those heady feelings one has during the Embrace phase...
        • So that stack of patents they are using to collect from Android -- but won't acknowledge to the public -- Is that part of the "rethink"?

          Implying that rethink is an all or nothing, black and white approach?

          I see this brought up every time this is discussed, MS can most definitely contribute to open source (a philosophy) while continuing to extract loads of money from Android (a specific project) vendors.

        • Did you know they're bringing the bash she'll to Windows?
          Do you realize how much code they're making open source?
          This really isn't the same MS. Sure they still want to make money, but who doesn't?

          • Did you know they're bringing the bash she'll to Windows?

            Did you know they already brought a Unix shell, and a whole lot of other stuff, to windows? Then they abandoned that whole product (Services For Unix, which is actually Unixlike services for Windows, the precise opposite of the name.) Now they're going to do it again and someone is supposed to care?

            Do you realize how much code they're making open source?

            And I quote from the book of Ackbar, "It's a trap!" Their licenses are lame.

            This really isn't the same MS.

            [citation needed]

            • Which is the same mentality that leads Microsoft to spy on everyone all the time and tell them that it's for their own good. What I don't get is why anyone not getting paid would defend them, or alternately, why they would think it was worth paying for Slashdot moderation.

            • And I quote from the book of Ackbar, "It's a trap!" Their licenses are lame.

              Then all open source is "a trap", a quick look at their github page and their major projects are using OSI licenses:
              -.net core [github.com] - MIT license
              -msbuild [github.com] - MIT license
              -bot builder [github.com] - MIT license
              -visual studio code [github.com] - MIT license
              -objective C for windows [github.com] - MIT license
              -f sharp [github.com] - Apache license
              -c++ REST sdk [github.com] -Apache licenes
              -typescript [github.com] - Apache license
              -node js tools for vs [github.com] - Apache license

              There's even projects released under the GPL: R host [github.com] and Tocino [github.com]

              Or the computational network toolkit here [github.com], what's 'lame' abo

            • I think you're just bitter that this is finally the year of Linux on the desktop and it's MS that's making it happen.

        • Yes. Keep in mind that top executives typically don't know the people six or eight levels down the chain of command who actually do the work. Nor do they typically know much about the work that those front-line people do. At the top, specifics are lost, they manage DIVISIONS, not people or projects. It's their job to buy and sell entire companies, like buying Nokia or Motorola. So everything comes down to dollars (with a pinch corporate vision mixed in).

          For Gates and Balmer, Linux and open source threa

        • by Burz ( 138833 )

          So that stack of patents they are using to collect from Android -- but won't acknowledge to the public -- Is that part of the "rethink"?

          How about all the open formats that Windows ignores? And my favorite... being told I need to reformat an external drive "in order to use it", when it already has EXT4 (and data!) on it. Apparently it would just kill MS to tell users the device contains a Linux format that can't be mounted. HOW FRIENDLY!

          In the web space, they are desperate for Azure to compete with FOSS, so they will support FOSS middleware; MS views the hypervisor as the new OS and getting hardware to support your proprietary "OS" as defacto-standard is the first step to locking-out alternatives.

          At the personal tech. level, however, not even the pretense of being FOSS-friendly is there.

          Its amazing how many MS shills there are on /. modding stuff like this down...

    • How long before MSLinux?

      • It's coming in the windows 10 anniversary update, they've added a Linux personality subsystem that will run unmodified Linux binaries on the Windows kernel through a mapping layer kind of like WINE. There announced it at BUILD last week and had someone from Ubuntu on stage at their freaking developer conference, how different from the Halloween letters MS can you get?

    • Embrace, extend and extinguish what?
    • If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... and then take over.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 03, 2016 @12:10PM (#51832553)

    "Wim will focus on deepening our engagement, contributions and innovation to the open-source community."

    Because he's done so well at that at Oracle

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by FatdogHaiku ( 978357 )
      I read "deepening our engagement" and the first thing that comes to mind is they found some lube...
      • Perhaps a military engagement? 'Contribution' measured in artillery shells, 'innovation' measured in holes blasted in the landscape...
    • by bungo ( 50628 )

      Because he's done so well at that at Oracle

      You may laugh, but it is true. Oracle were never going to turn itself into an Open Source company, and give away it's database for free.

      Back in 1997, Oracle didn't have any official open source policy. It was not possible to officially run Oracle on Linux. There was a SCO release, and it was possible to grab a couple of SCO libraries and get Oracle running. There was no official project inside Oracle to get the database running on Linux.

      Any open source work that was going on at the time was non-official, by

  • by OffTheLip ( 636691 ) on Sunday April 03, 2016 @12:18PM (#51832583)
    Finally.
    • Funny you should mention that, because I've been converting individuals and businesses to Linux desktops for years.

  • by Rydell ( 144971 ) on Sunday April 03, 2016 @12:36PM (#51832695)

    You know what struck me while reading this story submission? I decided to go read the comments from the previous slashdot stories linked in the article summary that dated back to 2004-2007. The number of quality comments back then that were devoid of SJW b.s. or other political nonsense completely unrelated to science and technology. Whipslash, how do we bring all those commenters back to the site? That's what we need right now.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The number of quality comments back then that were devoid of SJW b.s

      BTW it's just sjw now, no capitalization needed. New AP Style Guide.

    • This was before the dark times. Before Twitter. Are there any sites free of SJWs anymore?

    • Politics and SJW'ing creep into discussions if the topic of the story invites it. Not the case for this topic, today or back in 2004-2007. In my perception, any topic vaguely related to national US politics would invoke hundreds of comments. Not sure about SJW, but then, I'm still not entirely sure exactly what kind of comments those bickering about it are referring to.

      But yeah, back then, there were more people knowledgeable about obscure technical topics to generate 100+ comments on stories that were not

    • by Maritz ( 1829006 )
      As a rule of thumb it seems safe to ignore anyone who uses "SJW" unironically. Seriously. Take your gaming journalism and your ethics and shove it way up where none shall ever see its like again. ;) Stay scared of women, sporty.
    • I second this notion!
  • He was getting tired of the California lifestyle.
  • "Wim Coekaerts .. turned Oracle into a Linux distributor with the launch of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, Oracle Linux."

    Don't you mean, stripped of Red Hat copyright notices and fraudulently distributed RHEL as its own. How appropriate he's now moving the Microsoft.
    • by Alioth ( 221270 )

      No, they didn't fraudulently distribute RHEL as their own. The GPL explicitly allows and is designed to let them do what they are doing. The software they are redistributing as their distro is all appropriately licensed so they can do this.

  • All OEL is - is a RHEL rip off. They didn't even bother to remove /etc/redhat-release file, nor the other stuff they're required to. Added a few things, screwed up a lot of things and call it OEL.
    Maybe now that he's gone they can make it into a real distro. Set things up so if you have an exadata system you don't need a team of people to upgrade it. They are ALWAYS behind. Even with premium support.

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