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The Why Behind Microsoft's OSS Strategy?

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When Sam Ramji, Director of Platform Technology Strategy and the Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft, describes his company's open source strategy, I believe him. Every word.

If that surprises you, or shocks you, it shouldn't. In fact, I think you should listen to what he has to say, too. I believe Ramji's recent conversation with Mary Jo Foley gives us a vital clue into what Microsoft is really doing regarding open source and Linux.

Ramji is an honest man. The problem is, he isn't telling us the whole story.
Let me emphasize: I do not think that Ramji is being dishonest. An honest man will not immediately tell you his social security number if you ask for it. Honesty does not mean being stupid or careless. And, say what you want about Ramji and his employers, they are not stupid.

What they are not telling you is the why behind all of this. Why are they establishing an open source policy in the first place? Why not start a misleading marketing plan and discredit Linux and its fellow open source applications right out of business?

Well, for one thing, they have.

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