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    MS donates $100,000 to apache

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    As part of a renewed embrace of open source, Microsoft will contribute $100,000 annually to join the Apache Software Foundation, as well as pledging new protocols to the Open Specfication Promise and contributing a patch for ADOdb.

    The annual investment in Apache will bring the company on board as a "Platinum" sponsor, the foundation's highest level. At that level, it joins competitors Yahoo and Google in supporting the effort.

    Microsoft cautioned any speculation that the move meant the company was moving away from its own IIS Web server platform. Instead, it says the donation is meant to signify an endorsement of the foundation's work in open source.

    Facing increasing pressure from its competitors as well as regulators, the Redmond company has been adopting a more open development policy as of late. Of course, many of its initiatives are criticized by those who say Microsoft is just putting on a show. But Apache sounded a positive note about the contribution.

    "We thank Microsoft for their generous sponsorship that goes towards supporting The Apache Software Foundation and the over 60 top level projects in use and development within the ASF," said ASF Chairman Jim Jagielski in a statement. "Microsoft's sponsorship makes it clear that Microsoft 'gets it' regarding the ASF."

    In addition to the $100,000 donation, several protocols that were in Microsoft's Communications Protocol Program have now been placed under the Open Specification Promise (OSP). This will ensure that companies working with technologies under that document can do so free of the threat from patent litigation.

    Microsoft has also contributed a patch to ADOdb, which is used in PHP installations. With this patch, the company's SQL Server will now support this technology natively. "This is our first code contribution to PHP community projects but will not be the last," Microsoft platform strategy director Sam Ramji said.
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Not that we need it, but why can't they just donate to Ubuntu..
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    Interesting. I actually think that they are going to continue to go even more open, soon.
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Quote Originally Posted by damis648 View Post
    Not that we need it, but why can't they just donate to Ubuntu..
    Yes, because companies frequently donate to their competitors.
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    As part of a renewed embrace of open source, Microsoft will contribute...
    huh? when was the last time Microsoft released an open source product?

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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Quote Originally Posted by clinux View Post
    huh? when was the last time Microsoft released an open source product?
    http://www.microsoft.com/opensource/default.aspx

    Yeah I don't trust them at the moment but hopefully they're heading in the right direction.

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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Quote Originally Posted by wrtpeeps View Post
    Yes, because companies frequently donate to their competitors.
    Doesn't Apache compete with Windows server?
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Quote Originally Posted by clinux View Post
    huh? when was the last time Microsoft released an open source product?
    Microsoft effectively bankrolled XEN.
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    Doesn't Apache compete with Windows server?
    Not really.

    Thing is though, apache can work WITH windows server, whereas ubuntu is a replacement for windows.
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    Re: MS donates $100,000 to apache

    IBM used to be the big bag company, then Microsoft. Soon Microsoft is going to have to change its business model to complete with open source and other threats, and it's possible that they'll end up becoming a much more gentle company because of it. Possible anyway.

    So who's the next big bad? I have some ideas, but I'm not going to speculate that far into the future with such little information.

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