(acronym): Principle of Enlightened Self-Interest. Seems appropriate on their part although the goal is to embrace OpenSSH and bring it into the Microsoft remote administration domain.
Microsoft has handed a pile of money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level contributor in the process. "This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project," the Foundation said via a post to the OpenBSD Journal website on Tuesday. The exact amount of the …
You're unfair to Microsoft. They could simply pilfer the code as they did a very long time ago and they would still be OK according to BSD license. But in a surprise move and unlike Apple, Microsoft this time sent some encouraging words written on the back of a check.
Even though I'm not one of the Microsoft fans, this time I'll have to raise my hat to them.
"So we're going to ignore the code contributions?"
Well the article is entitled "Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD..." so we are talking about money. Code contributions are lovely of course, but they aren't much use if you can't pay the bills to keep the server running.
"Seems appropriate on their part although the goal is to embrace OpenSSH and bring it into the Microsoft remote administration domain."
Seems unlikely as Microsoft already have support for options like Powershell remoting that are more powerful and solve the same problem. More likely Microsoft are just providing integration options for those that still want to use legacy tools like SSH. After all, it doesn't really threaten any Microsoft preferred technologies.
I'm surprised by how small the sums are… but at least, I don't think we need to worry about them really being in trouble. If ever they don't reach their goal, this is the kind of expenses that a company like say Google would cover without a second thought using the change found under the sofa cushions.
Nice that there are organizations that can function on a tight budget!
They have so much of it and are intent on keeping it. I recall moving to Linux for similar reasons. An ardent supporter of all things selfish (Black Viper) received a copy of Vista or something of that ill (k?) for all the hard work he put into his Microsoft support website. And he thanked them!
What a bunch of shmuck.
>totally insane rabid fanboi
You need a special kind of mental filter to believe that all those shiny macbooks that you see around would not, in a another universe entirely, have been Windows-running laptops.
In that sense, yes, Windows has suffered quite a loss on the consumer side of things. It hasn't lost much on the business side because Apple is pretty darn incompetent in the corporate world (upvoted that person, he makes sense, you don't).
To flip it around. This would be like arguing that Windows has not suffered from Linux because you don't see any Linux desktops/laptops in common consumer use. You don't but the hurt is coming from the server side and the phone/tablet side. It's still there and ask Ballmer, it hurt plenty.
This has zilch to do with whether or not one likes Apple or Apple's technical merits or lack thereof. It has to do with market share on the consumer side of things. I know, market share == totally horrible word to some techies, but for some of us it it has some relationship to our paychecks continuing.
15 years ago, consumer computing was Windows, Windows, Windows. Now it is considerably less so on PCs. Let alone phones & tablets.
If I had phrased my remark more specifically as in "BSD, thru OSX, is a threat to MS in the enterprise space" then, yes, you would be correct to state I was a drooling idiot. Did I do that?
Should I type more slowly, dogged? Going too fast for you on a Friday?
MS is trying to cloud the waters - they don't want to really support Linux, because it's GPL licensed. They want to encourage FOSS projects to adopt more "business friendly" (read "most easily exploited by proprietary software company) open source licenses. If I was an MS shareholder, I'd expect this... but then again, I am no fan of MS shareholders, so I see this as a crafty way to undermine copyleft and user freedom.
Nadella had a low, if somewhat corpulent, bar to improve on, true.
I agree that they are making a lot of fairly nice moves lately. Whether or not Windows 10 will be success is another thing, but them coming to the realization that there will always a place for not-MS tech and not being so defensive about it is a good start to mending fences.
The world can surely accommodate Windows, Linux and BSD family. In fact, it'd be nice to see new OS paradigms, these 3 are really old tech though I don't mean that in a bad way.
Not that I have anything against BSD (the licence or the OS(s)), there are all, after all, plenty of good reasons to licence your code on this and similar licences should you so choose.
The GPL ensures that shared code remains shared (if used and the result distributed), and no poncy a-hole 'Dr. Frankenstein' is going to come along and build an itunes 'monster' on top of it (at least without returning the code to the community, and benefiting all).
anti-freedom, me arse!
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