Microsoft Surprised the Linux Community with the Release of Linux Code

microsoft_logo Microsoft released 20, 000 lines of code to the Linux community. The linux driver was developed by Microsoft’s open source technology center. This is the first time that Microsoft released Linux code to the Linux community. This is going to improve the performance of Linux OS which is virtualized on windows server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Without this driver code, Linux can run on top of Windows, but the performance level is not going to be that high. The code is released under GPLv2 license, which is the Linux community’s preferred license.

The ultimate goal for the development is that Linux can run as a virtual machine on top of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hypervisor and implementation of virtualization. Microsoft submitted the software to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree. As per Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center said Microsoft’s strategy is to enhance interoperability between the Windows platform and many open source technologies to provide the choices customers are asking for.

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