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Re: [News] Novell Betrayed by Microsoft

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Sunday 13 Sep 2009 15:04 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> Linux developer tells Microsoft to get back to work
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| "Unfortunately the Microsoft developers seem to have disappeared, and no
>>| one is answering my emails. If they do not show back up to claim this
>>| driver soon, it will be removed in the 2.6.33 [kernel] release. So sad...,"
>>| he wrote.
>> `----
>> http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolbox/open-source/kernel-
>    After a kick in the pants from the leader of the Linux driver project,
>    Microsoft has resumed work on its historic driver code submission to
>    the Linux kernel and avoided having the code pulled from the open
>    source operating system.
>    . . .
>    Kroah-Hartman said calling out specific projects on the mailing list is a
>    technique he uses all the time to jump start those that are falling
>    behind.
>    In all, Kroah-Hartman specifically mentioned 25 driver projects that were
>    not being actively developed and faced being dropped from the main kernel
>    release 2.6.33, which is due in March. He said the driver project was not
>    a "dumping ground for dead code."
>    . . .
>    On top of chiding Microsoft for not keeping up with code development,
>    Kroah-Hartman took the company to task for the state of its original code
>    submission.
>    "Over 200 patches make up the massive cleanup effort needed to just get
>    this code into a semi-sane kernel coding style (someone owes me a big
>    bottle of rum for that work!)," he wrote.
>    . . .
>    Kroah-Hartman says he has seen this all before and seemed to chalk it up
>    to the ebbs and flows of the development process.

My personal interpretation is that Microsoft messed up by violating the GPL, so the appeal 
of this SLES-only patch was gone... and so were Microsoft develop~1 develop~1 develop~1.

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