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Re: [News] Microsoft "Improves" Apache

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____/ Mark Kent on Monday 20 October 2008 11:32 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Moshe Goldfarb. on Sunday 19 October 2008 20:04 : \____
>>> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:23:05 -0700 (PDT), nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> wrote:
>>>> <Quote>
>>>> Few will have noticed, but Microsoft's Jim Kellerman just announced
>>>> that he and a Microsoft colleague have "been cleared to contribute
>>>> patches again" to Apache, and specifically to the Hadoop project.
>>>> This is how it will go. Purely in order to “improve” the performance
>>>> of Apache and Hadoop on the Windows platform, Microsoft will helpfully
>>>> offer some really cool hacks....which will of course only work on the
>>>> Windows platform.
>>>> This will effectively fork the Apache/Hadoop/whatever code – all for
>>>> the good of their communities. Of course, there may be some “patented”
>>>> technologies in there, but Microsoft will promise never, ever to sue
>>>> anyone using this “optimised” open source – cross its heart and hope
>>>> to die. Look for Microsoft to get involved with other leading open
>>>> source projects in the same way.
>>>> </Quote>
>>> Good.
>>> Maybe Microsoft can fix everything that broken with OSS programs.
>> They are more likely to 'contribute' patches that assist deployment on
>> Windows at guess-whose-expense.
> Besides, they've had years to fix what's broken in Windows, and yet, the
> best selling windows applications are first-aid kits for windows
> (anti-virus etc).
> Frankly, I'd be more worried about Micrsoft beginning to infect such
> projects with Windows problems, thus bringing foss down to the level of

Developers should know better. Microsoft can squash them inside Windows,
whereas GNU/Linux has a Switzerland-like status.

Here is a leaked memo about "rat holes" for developers.

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