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Microsoft releases source code for Linux Vm ICs (Integrated Components) – formerly called VM Additions


Get the offical story here:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/07/20/linux-ics-for-hyper-v-and-gplv2.aspx

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/NicFill/Microsoft-Contributes-Code-to-the-Linux-Kernel/

External Article on the Subject

"Microsoft stuns Linux world, submits source code for kernel "

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/072009-microsoft-linux-source-code.html

First and foremost, the title is very misleading. We did not release any source code for "our" kernel. We released source code for virtualization support on Hyper-V to be included into the Linux Kernel’s source code.

This is an open source requirement as Linux operates off a more macro kernel and requires kernel re-compilation for  driver support. This is, in essence, driver code, not Windows kernel code.
 
The next question you may have is: Why? Well, to quote the following article "Microsoft is making a compelling case that it could be the virtualization vendor of choice for consolidation of Windows and Linux applications."

http://www.cio.com/article/497667/Microsoft_Linux_Move_Puts_Pressure_on_VMware?taxonomyId=168354
 

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