As announced on the linux-kernel and driver project mailing lists here, Microsoft has released their Linux Hyper-V drivers under the GPL version 2, and have submitted them for inclusion in the main Linux kernel source tree.
I've been working with the developers at Microsoft for a while now trying to make this happen, through the Linux Driver Project.
Now, on one hand this is no different from any other company that I have worked with through the driver project. We are averaging about 2 new companies a month right now, working with them to get their code cleaned up and merged into the Linux kernel tree. Stuff like this happens all the time with new companies becoming part of the Linux kernel community every day. This is backed up with the statistics published for every kernel release on the LWN.net kernel pages.
But, on the other hand, this is Microsoft, so it is a big deal. There are two major aspects of what they did here:
Q: Why release the code?
As one person involved in this whole process said to me, "It looks like hell just froze over."
posted Mon, 20 Jul 2009 in [/linux]
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