Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 24 March 2006 16:13 \__
>> begin oe_protect.scr
>> Lobo <not@xxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> 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.
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