Microsoft shares code for Linux Kernel

Can’t comment too much about it, but yes virtualization is the the road where both the opponents have met and shared something. Release of code worth 20,000 lines  under the GPLv2 open source license will be used to help Linux run as guests on Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 through  Hyper-V virtualization technology.

What i failed to get is that Microsoft is releasing code under GPLv2, that might mean that i will be able to see the code.

“Obviously we are tickled about it,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. “Hell has frozen over, the seas have parted,” he said with a chuckle.

Ramji of Microsoft , at added that Windows Server 2008 ships with over 40,000 device drivers which a guest Linux operating system could now access.

“The beauty of the model is that it is very consistent with how Linux device drivers are built — we’re doing this through the Linux Kernel Driver project,” Ramji said. “Simply put, a distribution can choose to use it the drivers, and we fully expect that VARs and systems integrators we expect they will choose to customize, improve and sell solutions based on this technology.”

Official declaration is available at [patch 00/54] [Announce] Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for Linux


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