Microsoft tries to improve image among open-source developers
Nik Garkusha is a young and friendly bloke who, in faded jeans and a plain navy blue sweater, resembles the "I'm a Mac" kid in the Apple television ads more than the staid and stuffy PC guy.
Funny thing: He's the PC guy.
Garkusha is an emissary from Microsoft Corp.'s Canadian arm whose job is to convince open-source software disciples that his company is not the evil empire it appears to be.
And he was recently in town doing a full-court press. Leaders of Montreal's several open-source groups were invited to drinks and lunches with Garkusha. One event took place in the penthouse suite at the W hotel with an open bar - not the type of event that open-source programmers, who eschew excess as a matter principle, normally frequent.