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[News] Microsoft a GPL Violator, Revisionist -- SFLC

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SFLC: Microsoft violated the GPL

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| Microsoft violated the General Public License v2 (GPLv2) when it distributed 
| its Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) without providing source 
| code, says the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).  
| The violation was rectified when Microsoft contributed more than 20,000 lines 
| of source code to the Linux community last week. The drivers are designed to 
| improve the performance of the Linux operating system when it is virtualized 
| on the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hypervisor-based virtualization system.   
| [...]
| "It seems to me that Sam [Ramji] is likely correct when he says that talk 
| inside Microsoft about releasing the source was under way before the Linux 
| developers began their enforcement effort," said Bradley Kuhn, a policy 
| analyst and tech director at the SFLC.   
| "However, that talk doesn't mean that there wasn't a problem. As soon as one 
| distributes the binaries of a GPL'd work, one must provide the source for 
| those binaries, so Microsoft's delay in this regard was a GPL violation.  
| "The important thing to note from a perspective of freedom is that this 
| software, whether it is released properly under the GPL or kept proprietary 
| in violation of the GPL, is a piece of software designed to convince people 
| to give up free virtualization platforms like Xen and KVM, and [to] use 
| Microsoft's virtualization technology instead," Kuhn added.    


We should 'thank' Microsoft for a Linus Trojan.


FSF on Microsoft’s “Empty Promise”

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| Now I’ve been preaching this gospel since Day 1. It is pure dishonesty to
| pretend like every company present the same risk and hostility to Linux, Free
| Software, or Open Source that Microsoft does. Microsoft’s hostility and
| desire to destroy Linux is not the fevered imaginations of wild-eyed zealots.
| It is documented. It is proven. It is inarguable.
| Now, you may want to advance the idea that Microsoft has changed. That is a
| possibility, sure – but it is not documented, proven or inarguable. The safe
| and sane position towards Microsoft is suspicion and wariness. Microsoft made
| it so, not wild-eyed zealots. It also becomes on open question on what type
| of change it is.

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