Microsoft goes open source

Microsoft have announced plans to join the Open Invention Network (OIN) in an effort to protect Linux from the threat of patent lawsuits. OIN serves as a license platform for Linux for more than 2,000 companies, all of whom will now be privy to over 60,000 new patents.

OIN caters to companies ranging from smaller startups and individual developers, to tech giants such as IBM and Google. The group serves as a “shared defensive patent pool with the mission to protect Linux,” according to its website. Its goal is to promote innovation amid the “rise in software patent suits” over the last decade.

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Microsoft just open-sourced 60,000 of its patents

The company has announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), a community that is dedicated to protecting open- source software from patent lawsuits by technology giants like Google, IBM, and, yep, even Microsoft. The move by Microsoft is a surprising one since the company has always had a contentious relationship with the open-source community, something Erich Andersen, corporate VP and deputy general counsel, conceded in a blog post:

We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some; it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents. For others who have followed our evolution, we hope this announcement will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to customers and developers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs.

  • Publisher: Fast Company
  • Date: 2018-10-11T06:07:27
  • Author: Michael Grothaus
  • Twitter: @fastcompany
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Microsoft’s MS-DOS Goes Open Source Three Decades After Release, Heads To GitHub

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  • Publisher: HotHardware
  • Date: 2018-10-02
  • Author: Paul Lilly
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Microsoft Re-Open-Sources MS-DOS on GitHub

Two different versions of DOS have been open-sourced ‘ DOS 1.25 and DOS 2.0. DOS 1.25 was used as the basis for all of the non-IBM versions of DOS, while MS-DOS version 2.0 included a number of significant features such as IBM XT hard drive support (up to 32MB formatted), user-installable device drivers, non-multi-tasking child processes, and ANSI.SYS. DOS 2.0 was also the first version to support 5.25-inch disks in capacities of 180KB and 360KB.

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Microsoft’s decision to open source MS-DOS like this might not seem particularly important, given the plethora of alternatives on the market. FreeDOS remains in active development, while utilities like DOSBox can emulate DOS effectively. Then there’s the fact that even as DOS versions go, MS-DOS 2.0 is ancient ‘ I got started with MS-DOS 3.3 in 1987, DOS 6.22 was the last version released at retail, and the last version to formally ship with Windows ME was 8.0. But DOS is also a critical component of the history of the PC and its development mirrors the deployment of features and technology in much of the market through the 1980s.

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  • Publisher: ExtremeTech
  • Date: 2018-10-02T10:02:56-04:00
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Open source is the future, but it will cost you more than you think

Open source is a risk, but not in the way you might think. We’re long past the days of handwringing that open source will “infect” proprietary code, and it’s also increasingly clear that open source doesn’t pose particular security risks.

Instead, perhaps the biggest risk for open source is that we keep getting confused about it being “free.”

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Catch that? With a proprietary product, it’s a given that you’ll have to cough up cash to customize and tune the code to your enterprise needs. With open source, however, too many try to go it alone. Most companies, for example, will do better with a Kubernetes service from Amazon, Google, or Red Hat (OpenShift), yet Cloud Native Computing Foundation survey data suggests many companies still try to forge ahead on their own.

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