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Microsoft Pops Up in Linux Kernel

Remember when Steve Ballmer called Linux a cancer? I'm old enough that it seems like yesterday, and almost old enough that at the same time I almost forgot it!

Times have changed, and a big part of Microsoft's changing relationship with Linux is the détente and patent exchange with Novell. Now Microsoft not only supports Linux interoperability but also adds to the Linux kernel.

The Linux Foundation now ranks (or is that rankles) Microsoft as the 17th most-important kernel contributor, making Redmond a regular Orville Redenbacher.

Microsoft is not just involved in Linux, but also active in Hadoop (hey, a few months ago I had to look this one up). For those not as wise as I (or as active on Google), Hadoop is an open-source technology that makes sense of reams (or, to be more precise, petabytes of data) to take data mining to a higher level.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/04/2012 at 1:19 PM


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