Microsoft’s open-source strategy: A picture is worth a thousand words
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| Microsoft is looking at open-source software (OSS) as just another flavor of
| independent software vendors (ISV) software. Microsoft’s goal is to convince
| OSS vendors to port their software to Windows. But Microsoft doesn’t want OSS
| software to just sit on top of Windows; the company wants this software to be
| tied into the Windows ecosystem by integrating with Active Directory,
| Microsoft Office, Expression designer tools, System Center systems-management
| wares and SQL Server database.
| In cases where customers and software vendors want/need Linux to still be
| part of the picture for some reason, Microsoft will suggest they use Hyper-V,
| its forthcoming virtualization hypervisor, to run Linux and Linux-dependent
Too much Kool-Aid at Redmond. No wonder Ashlet Highfield at the MSBBC thinks
that only 600 Linux users visit the BBC Web site. They all /pretend/ that
Linux is some small niche. They hypnotise the audience, but such ignorance
will cost them (underestimating threat).
Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website
| Ooops. Highfield goes on to say that these users should be seen in the
| context of the vast majority, who run Windows.