Monday, July 20, 2009

Microsoft Delivers Linux Device Drivers

In a move out of the ordinary for the software giant Microsoft today announced they'd release the source code for three Linux device drivers for inclusion in the Linux tree. The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

The 20,000 lines of source code released by Microsoft will be included in the Linux kernel under a GPLv2 license.

Sam Ramji, Microsoft's senior director of Platform Strategy in Microsoft’s Server and Tools organization said, "We are seeing Microsoft communities and open source communities grow together, which is ultimately of benefit to our customers. The Linux community, for example, has built a platform used by many customers. So our strategy is to enhance interoperability between the Windows platform and many open source technologies, which includes Linux, to provide the choices our customers are asking for."

The goal according to Ramji is to provide MS customers and partners more flexibility and choice

"Obviously we are tickled about it," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. "Hell has frozen over, the seas have parted," he said with a chuckle.

Microsoft originally made the announcement at the annual OSCON open source conference that opened Monday in San Jose. Greg Kroah-Hartman, the Linux driver project lead and a Novell fellow, said he accepted more than 20,000 lines of Microsoft's code at 9 a.m. PT Monday. The Microsoft code will be available as part of the next Linux public tree release in the next 24 hours, which would mean inclusion in version which will be the next stable release.

Read more on the Linux driver release at Microsoft PressPass - Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community

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