blog.linuxtoday: Ordinarily I don't pay any more attention to Microsoft than I have to, but this was too funny to ignore: A Better View of Microsoft Security?; Microsoft to expand its Trustworthy Computing in a bid to help users and vendors understand security risks.
linux.com: Last month at O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON), it seemed like Microsoft was everywhere you looked, avouching its interest in open source. Thanks to the company's history -- including some very recent history -- a great many in the open source community viewed the company's presence with mistrust, suspicious of Redmond's motives and apprehensive of what would follow. Surely Microsoft must want something, so what is it?
Matt Asay: In reading through Microsoft's annual report, I am struck by how far the company has come in appreciating the threat that open source brings to Redmond. I'm also shocked by just how ill-informed the company continues to be with regard to open source as a business strategy.
itmanagement.earthweb.com: For a decade, Microsoft was open source's worst enemy, combating it at every turn. But last week Microsoft joined the Apache open source project as a platinum sponsor, promising to put $100,000 per year into a project that beats its own IIS (Internet Information Services) in the market. Microsoft also made some of their patents available for use in GPL software like Linux without a royalty. Has Redmond given up the fight? Or is this just their latest strategy?
softpedia.com: The Redmond company, once the epitome of the proprietary software business model, stopped nothing short of declaring an all out victory over Linux and open source at the company's Financial Analyst Meeting 2008 the past week.
Also: Microsoft's open source guru faces slings and arrows
And: Microsoft’s Dana Perino problem with open source
blogs.computerworld: No, I’m not talking about killing Vista. Microsoft is already burying that living dead operating system as fast it can. I’m talking about killing Windows itself. That’s the conclusion I’ve drawn from David Worthington’s story about Microsoft’s plans for Midori, a next generation operating system.
networkworld.com: At this point in the game, Microsoft should really come clean with a statement that rescinds its Linux/patent/suing threat altogether. The fact is, we are seeing actions by Microsoft that indicate that the "suing Linux users" jig is up.
Also: Microsoft: still a business of threats?
Glyn Moody: One of the most interesting journeys being undertaken at the moment in computing is that of Microsoft towards open source. Let's look at [each step] in turn.
practical-tech.com: Lately, Microsoft has been trying really, really hard to appear as open source’s best friend. All I can say is: “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”
Also: Could Microsoft actually be getting an open-source clue?
ostatic.com: Microsoft announced on Friday that it would be joining the Apache Software Foundation, which costs $100,000/year and is the highest level of sponsorship that the foundation offers. Bruce Perens, a well-known open-source advocate, cautioned on Slashdot that "there's much reason for caution."