Microsoft's Linux lab works on Open-Source interoperability

Posted by sbink on January 20 2006, 7:27 PM. Posted in Unix.

An investigative report into the Linux lab at Microsoft has revealed some interesting twists to Microsoft's often stormy relation ship with the world of Open Source Software (OSS).

The lab, which opened last September, is run by Bill Hilf, a former programmer for IBM. Originally, it was set up to "help Microsoft understand the phenomenon of open source software and improve our products because of that." But over time, the role of the lab has changed, from merely wanting to understand the "enemy" towards a tentative effort to working with them.

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