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Microsoft hiring "open source evangelist"?

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. A friend pinged me and said he'd gotten a call from a Microsoft recruiter trying to fill a position she described as "open source evangelist." My friend, who does not want his name associated with this story, is without question an open source evangelist, and quite a successful one at that. But he is not interested in going to work for Microsoft. Are you?

Our mutual puzzlement came down to this: "What, exactly, would an 'open source evangelist' do at Microsoft?"

An OSTG coworker suggested that the job would probably be to "evangelize open sourcerers to the Microsoft way."

Another coworker said he thought Bill Hilf's credibility was now so low that Microsoft needed a new face to represent them in Linux-related matters.

And the man who was being recruited said that, whatever the exact nature of the position, "It smelled like it would be a sacrificial lamb kind of thing."

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