[OT] Linus Torvalds delays Linux 3.0 launch due to a subtle bug

Ernest Doub hideserted at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 19:30:40 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at iinet.net.au>wrote:

> On 20/07/11 14:21, Stephen Kuhn wrote:
>> On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 13:17 +1000, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>>> Nah...ya must be jokin mate...can't be ridgydigi...must be a joke...
>>> When I read the story, the first thing which came to mind is this
>>> article:
>>> http://www.infoworld.com/d/**applications/microsoft-**
>>> struggles-get-hyper-v-drivers-**in-linux-kernel-357<http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/microsoft-struggles-get-hyper-v-drivers-in-linux-kernel-357>
>>> Don't know why........
>>> BC
>> Well, that truly does explain THAT bit. M$ being "not on time" with a
>> project or with code. Yeppers. "Fashionably late", as it were. As well,
>> with Microsoft depositing code into the linux kernel, the next step is
>> to get the linux distributors to pay them $15 per copy sold - meaning
>> that "free as in beer" linux could be a thing of the past - shortly.
>> (Um, "Android Lessons" anyone?)
> Strange that you should mention this.
> A comment I made to someone elsewhere is that I can visualise this piece of
> M$ code being patented - but provided under the GPL (?)v2 licence. But then
> some time along M$ comes in with, "Ooopsie, one of our "rogue" programmers,
> the very very naughty boy that he was!, provided this code for the Linux
> kernel but.....well..... it IS patented you know.....and so......".
> BC

"Microsoft began contributing Hyper-V code to the Linux kernel two years ago
after Linux community members pointed out that Microsoft was violating the
GPL software license<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/23/microsoft_hyperv_gpl_violation/>by
using open source components within a Hyper-V driver."

More likely, based on this quote, that they would have to dump their entire
driver and start over again from scratch.
Microsoft has finally been busted for using ideas/code developed by somebody
else and claiming as their own proprietary work.


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