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[News] Microsoft Still Trying to 'Steal' OSS from GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Still Trying to 'Steal' OSS from GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:12:35 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Microsoft shows Django running on IronPython

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| This is a huge step for the team, to be able to run a widely-used framework, 
| such as Django, on a dynamic language running on the .NET Framework.  Django 
| is a mature web application framework written for Python and intended to 
| create applications very fast with a clean and pragmatic design.  It is a  
| framework developers normally use on Linux or some other platform where 
| Apache and Python are found but this demo showed Django running on 
| Microsoft's DLR, the IronPython language and SQL Server 2005.     


Microsoft: More Open, More Barriers

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| As some of the attendees of the Microsoft Technology Summit have noted, 
| Microsoft is making some genuine, good faith efforts to evolve its attitude 
| about and work more effectively with open source. From Apache to Eclipse to 
| Mozilla, Microsoft is working - and working effectively, by most accounts - 
| with some of the more important open source projects on the planet. Projects, 
| notably, that in every case compete directly with Microsoft products.     


It's done to improve them for Windows.

Related and recent:

Microsoft Partnerships, Open Source Software ISVs, and Culture and History

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| Last week, Mary Jo Foley offered commentary on Microsoft's open source 
| software strategy with respect to independent software vendors based on an 
| interview with Microsoft's Sam Ramji. Matt Asay provides good colour 
| commentary on his blog. Each post focuses on the trustworthiness and 
| competitive history of the company. Let's look at things from a different 
| perspective.     


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 
| applications.    


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