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Re: Hilf speaks about Linux through Microsoft eyes

  • Subject: Re: Hilf speaks about Linux through Microsoft eyes
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 09:15:08 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • References: <80b422tmbsrotcpd95afk04amo5tesnpp7@4ax.com> <gdidf3-pqs.ln1@ellandroad.demon.co.uk> <e016fh$30hg$2@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk>
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 24 March 2006 16:13 \__
>> begin  oe_protect.scr
>> Lobo <not@xxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1871876320;fp;2;fpid;4
>>> What exactly does your group do?
>>> Essentially, we're a centre of competency for Open Source Software
>>> (OSS) inside Microsoft. By running Linux and a variety of other OSS in
>>> a highly Microsoft-centric IT environment, we're learning how those
>>> technologies can better interoperate with Microsoft's proprietary
>>> technologies. The lab consists of a few hundred servers plus a range
>>> of PCs, collectively running over 40 different Linux distributions,
>>> together with many different versions of Unix. These various systems
>>> need to interoperate with the Windows-based networking,
>>> human-resources, e-mail and other systems that run Microsoft. In the
>>> research lab there's analysis, testing, benchmarking, a variety of
>>> different interoperability scenarios that we work through, and a large
>>> amount of resources that we provide to the rest of Microsoft so that
>>> they can understand and learn more about OSS.
>> Oh, great, and they'll be contributing patches and changes to those
>> distros in order to iron out any incompatibilities for the
>> reverse-engineered stuff to improve interoperability, won't they?
>> Or why are they doing this?  To break things, perhaps?
> It's a bit like "taste this, tell me if it's rotten". Microsoft will hand
> over binaries to the Open Source lab. In turn, they will investigate and
> confirm invalidity. Evil insiders perhaps, whose purpose and goal is the
> same as their paylord -- to cripple the competition by all means possible.

I agree.  The item above is very carefully written so as not to expose
what they're really doing.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
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