Microsoft loves open source -

Proprietary software outfit Microsoft is trying to re-assure the world and its dog that it no longer sees open sauce as a cancer which seeks to kill off the industry.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously told shocked hacks that Linux is a "cancer" that threatened Microsoft's intellectual property.

Microsoft hasn't formally rescinded its declaration that Linux violates its patents, but one Microsoft executive admits that the company’s earlier battle stance was a mistake.

Jean Paoli told Network World  Microsoft loved open source and had been working with open source for a long time now.

He admitted it was a mistake to equate all open source technology with Linux.  It did that a really long time ago and "We understand our mistake."

Paoli is the general manager of Microsoft's interoperability strategy team and the co-creator of the XML specification.

Recently he has been involved in a new Microsoft initiative to promote interoperability among the key components of cloud networks. While it is not an open source project it does illustrate Microsoft’s evolving relationship with open technologies.

It seems that one of the motivations is that Microsoft can benefit in the public relations game from unpopular moves by Oracle.

Currently Oracle is the bad guy in the open saucy world by ending the OpenSolaris project and suing Google over use of open source Java in Android.

But then again Microsoft itself also launched a patent lawsuit against GPS vendor TomTom last year, forcing TomTom to pay Microsoft licensing fees, and was able to force HTC to pay it royalties over use of Android.

Paoli says Microsoft knows that its customers use a mix of proprietary and open source technologies.

Microsoft loves open sauce

Although it couldn't eat a whole bottle

 

Proprietary software outfit Microsoft is trying to re-assure the world+dog that it no longer sees Open Sauce as a cancer which seeks to kill off the industry.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's famously told shocked hacks that Linux is a "cancer" that threatened Microsoft's intellectual property.

While he is still in charge of Redmond, the comment is now so old that it was made when Mike Mageek was still in shorts and dinosaurs roamed free down the Thames Valley.

Microsoft hasn't formally rescinded its declaration that Linux violates its patents, one Microsoft executive admits that the company’s earlier battle stance was a mistake.

Jean Paoli told Network World http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/082310-microsoft-open-source.html?hpg1=bn Microsoft loved open source and had been working with open source for a long time now.

He admitted it was a mistake to equate all open source technology with Linux. It did that a really long time ago and "We understand our mistake."

Paoli is the general manager of Microsoft's interoperability strategy team and the co-creator of the XML specification.

Recently he has been involved in a new Microsoft initiative to promote interoperability among the key components of cloud networks. T

While it is not an open source project but it does illustrate Microsoft’s evolving relationship with open technologies.

It seems that one of the motivations is that Microsoft can benefit in the public relations game from unpopular moves by Oracle.

Currently Oracle is the bad guy in the open saucy world by ending the OpenSolaris project and suing Google over use of open source Java in Android.

But then again Microsoft itself also launched a patent lawsuit against GPS vendor TomTom last year, forcing TomTom to pay Microsoft licensing fees, and was able to force HTC to pay it royalties over use of Android.

But Paoli says Microsoft knows that its customers use a mix of proprietary and open source technologies.