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Hyper-V and Linux: Reality in Bytes

So, Microsoft is contributing to the Linux kernel with 20,000 lines of Hyper-V code. The headline glut about this story basically boils down to one thing: both Linux and Microsoft have finally arrived. Obviously, it's a victory of sorts for the Linux folks to have Microsoft acknowledge that it can't beat them down with lawsuits and saber-rattling.

But surely participation in the kernel from Microsoft helps legitimize Linux among the skeptics who are still out there. And any cooperation between two rivals that makes interoperability more feasible for partners and customers is something we like. So, in this case, we say hooray for reality. At least for now.

Posted by Lee Pender on July 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM


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