Expect Microsoft to incorporate a "shim" in between their os and Linux

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I don't know how new this story is, since it's not dated.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2052320,00.asp

    I hate the idea that Microsoft will do this, and they probably will.

    Expect them to use a software shim in between Windows and Linux that
    would allow Windows to not directly touch the Linux os, thereby protecting them from having to divulge their source code as required by open source licensing.

    Personally I think this can't be good for open source.
     
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    "11.06.06" ;) That's less than a week ago.

    wtf? Where did he say this? I've only heard him say the exact opposite: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html
    christ.....

    TiVo and others are already doing it. Linus Torvalds doesn't care.

    Even if MS starts doing this: I can't see them ever doing any significant damage. The motives of the free software and open source movements are going nowhere.

    The most they can do is threaten Red Hat and those players with patents. In which case they'll need to make some changes to the code or get sued.

    (hopefully, if this happens, it'll be standard to have different versions of distros to comply with different patent laws, so EU citizens don't miss out because of shitty laws in the US)
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've never been a microsoft basher, although i've had my share of complaints over stupid design configurations...

    But I would get on the bandwagon in a quick second, if Microsoft hurts the open source movement in any way.
     
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    All they'd be hurting with this "shim" is user's freedom, which the open source people don't care much about. That's (partly) why Linux won't be moving to the GPLv3 which is designed to take care of cases like this.
     

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