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Microsoft Contribution Amongst Top Five Towards Linux 3.0 Development

According to a new revelation by the Linux Weekly News, Windows maker Microsoft Corp. is amongst the top five corporate contributors to the Linux 3.0 platform.

The report by the Linux Weekly, which is currently available only to subscribers, has placed Microsoft at the fifth position, and the software juggernaut is lagging behind only Red Hat, Intel, Novell and IBM who have secured the top 4 positions respectively in the list of the top corporate contributors to the Linux 3.0.

The credit, for Microsoft being in the list of top 5 contributors primarily goes to the company’s well known developer K. Y. Srinivasan, who played a major role in improving Linux. However, according to industry experts, neither Microsoft nor Mr. Srinivasan is making these contributions for their love to the open source platform, but for their own interests.

“The vast bulk of Microsoft’s contributions has been to its own Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor drivers. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s 64-bit hypervisor-based virtualization system,” wrote Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet in his report (opens in new tab).

“Hyper-V is Microsoft’s 64-bit hypervisor-based virtualization system. It’s Microsoft’s answer to VMware and Linux’s own native Kernel-based Virtualization Manager (KVM),” he added.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.