Microsoft submits code to Linux, and Linus talks OSS Hypocrisy

Background On July 20th, Microsoft announced and submitted 20K lines of code to the Linux source machine. Here’s a quote in PressPass from Tom Hanrahan, Director, Open Source Technology Center (OSTC): Today we’re releasing Linux device driver code to the Linux kernel community. This is a significant milestone because it’s the first time we’ve released…

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What are the Microsoft codenames “Oslo” and “Dublin”?

What is "Oslo"? (from the “Oslo” developer site,) "Oslo" is the code name for our platform for model-driven applications. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream. At the core of this platform are domain-specific models, language and tools: A language, "M", for authoring domains textually A…

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Microsoft’s Battle Against Conficker includes Bounty of $250K

Many folks have asked me about Microsoft’s reward program to find the authors of the Conficker/Downadup worm. So, I did a little checking into this and here’s the scoop. Back in the fall (2008), Microsoft was made aware of the Conficker virus and provided a patch for servers in October. (I’ll never understand infrastructure people…

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The Interoperability Principles

Working in a competitive environment for a successful company, one often hears perceptions of different leaders. Some are intelligent issues, and some are of a different category – myths, lies, FUD, etc. Since I heard one today that was incomprehensible to me and my personal integrity, I had to look this up and wanted to…

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LAMP, WAMP, and WIMP

I have had several of my Linux friends lately come to me about their unhappiness with their world, and if they could move their apps to Windows. I keep telling folks that this is possible, but I haven’t tried it myself. But now, here’s a resource. Keith Combs posts Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008…

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Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM

The Hyper-V team has been working hard on the product, as well as working with customers to get an early BANG with Hyper-V. For example, on June 25, Rob Emanuel posted about his usage of Hyper-V on Microsoft.com. This is a good read due to the background of that large application as well as a…

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Case Study: Bargainland builds Bidtopia.Com

Last year, John and I ran across a new company that had moved to town (thanks Diana for the intro). Several things caught my attention about them. First, they were hard at work with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 Beta, and second, their business model of "reverse logistics". This has turned out to be a…

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TechEd Announcements and Sessions hitting the Internet

Tech Ed 2008 site Tech·Ed NA Developers Keynote delivered by Bill Gates Also, check out Denny Boynton and other DPE folks doing Tech Interviews. There’s quite a who’s-who list of folks, interviewers and interviewees. Microsoft PressPass TechEd Virtual Pressroom – with videos and written transcripts   DEV Week Announcements Silverlight Beta 2 Announced Windows Embedded…

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.NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN!

As you may have seen a year ago, Microsoft released .NET StockTrader 1.0 to show how .NET 3.0 could work in the context of the IBM WebSphere’s Trade 6.1 reference application. We’ve now upgraded ours to reflect the enhancements in .NET 3.5 and Windows Server 2008. The new one is called .NET StockTrader 2.0, and…

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Compare Windows vs Linux

For years, Linux has been formidable competitor to Windows – for some good reasons, but sometimes from folks who speak out of un-education (typically religious positions). In years past, I’ve pointed out resources to clarify this (from my first blog pushing the Get the Facts campaign back in 2003, last year pointing out vulnerability reports),…

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