The Truth Will Shock and Amaze You!

Pick the correct headline:

  • Meteorologists Determine That Hell Has Frozen Over
  • Scientists Genetically Engineer a Pig Capable of Flight
  • Microsoft Releases 20,000 Lines of GPL code to the Linux Kernel

if you know the subject matter of this blog, or read what category this post is in then you’ve most likely figured it out already. Its true, Microsoft today offered a total of 20,000 lines of code. The code, containing three device drivers related to virtualisation, has been submitted for inclusion into the kernel.

This is hard for some people to understand, indeed some Linux users are so entrenched in their hate of Microsoft that they are calling this as a bad thing. I don’t think people should be dismissing this so quickly. While Microsoft hasn’t been entirely friendly towards Linux in the past, this represent a substantial shift in their behaviour. Its things like this and the Community Promise that gives me hope of a world where Windows and Linux can coexist.

Random Thought: They say: β€œLinux is only free if your time is worthless.” and I say “Windows is only free if your money is worthless”

Edit (23/07/2009): Infoworld has a good writeup about Red Hat’s reaction to the news.