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Microsoft hires 'Director of Linux Interoperability'

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Microsoft has brought someone aboard to serve as its "Director of Linux Interoperability" and head up the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab -- and his name will be familiar to people in the open-source community.

In an e-mail late Thursday night, a Microsoft representative said the role will be filled by Tom Hanrahan, who was most recently the director of engineering at the Linux Foundation, the group created through the recent combination of the Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs.

The news will no doubt have the open-source world buzzing Friday morning. Microsoft's deal with Novell is controversial to begin with, largely because of the patent provisions. Hanrahan's position will focus instead on the interoperability aspects of the deal. Microsoft and Novell say the lab will help companies run the rival Linux and Windows operating systems together within corporate systems.

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Smoke and mirrors

If Microsoft were serious about interoperability, the solution is simple, just release (patent free) documentation for file formats and protocols.

Anything else is just smoke and mirrors.

Well Said, I agree with that

Well Said, I agree with that and to me it sums up the whole approach M$ has taken to Linux.

Strange that people who distribute Open Code must insist M$ be complaint with them instead of being able to just write something to be compatible with M$.

Then again if M$ just released documentation a LOT of peoples grudges against them would quickly start to fade I think. It would help Open Source code on M$ though which to me is similar to M$'s shared code initiative.

Until then smokes and mirrors and lots of annoyed developers.

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