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> Microsoft struggles to get Hyper-V drivers in Linux kernel
 Posted: Jul 20 2011, 11:02 AM
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Microsoft isn't exactly dumping Windows for Linux, but it has become one of the busiest contributors to the Linux kernel. Microsoft's attempt to get Hyper-V drivers into the Linux kernel has taken longer than expected, having begun in July 2009, so Microsoft is apparently trying to speed up the process.

THE L-WORD: Microsoft: 'We love open source'

Microsoft was the fifth-largest corporate contributor to Linux kernel version 3.0, open source author and computer scientist David Wheeler writes in his blog.

"This work by Microsoft was to clean up the 'Microsoft Hyper-V (HV) driver' so that the Microsoft driver would be included in the mainline Linux kernel," Wheeler writes.

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 Posted: Jul 20 2011, 06:54 PM
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i wonder if they see kvm as an emerging competitor?
i know they recently announced support for centos but i think that was a cunning ploy to draw people away from rhel, thereby lowering rhel's turnover eventually. no rhel, no centos etc!
i'm also not unsure whether it was an own goal as i've seen a few M$ admins of late start looking at centos and after a while, they have liked what they saw and starting looking at other distro's and open source eg untangle etc.
the global recession is also changing M$ admins direction so something is going to give eventually, either a move to *nix or a rethink of the M$ licensing costs.
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