It also was not Larry Page, or Sergey Brin, or Mark Zuckerberg. I.e. guys who have become billionaires by utilizing Linux heavily.
I've worked with Microsoft software. I was not impressed. Even Microsoft's own engineers hold it in contempt.
Microsoft does invest in open source software, but not enough to learn the lessons Walmart has learned and is learning.
One question: Who was it that called Linux a "cancer"? Hint: It wasn't the CIO at the New York Stock Exchange.
Some lessons Microsoft could have learned years ago if not blinded by its own prejudices...
"In a recent blog post, a senior developer at Walmart Labs explained that the company's embrace of open source costs big money. Eran Hammer observed that Walmart's backing for the Hapi project is a "significant expense (exceeding $2m)."
"Why does Walmart bother with open source at all? Why not use proprietary code from somewhere else and save the company the trouble?
"The Hapi.js project is an open source Node.js framework that "enables developers to focus on writing reusable application logic instead of spending time building infrastructure." Hammer explains that Walmart uses it extensively for production applications, so investment in it is a cost of doing business. Indeed, many companies invest in custom frameworks for their development work, including the internal customization of open source code. But Walmart has gone further, spending over and above the cost of internal development so that Hapi can be used by companies unrelated to Walmart.
"This is not done for the love of humanity. Walmart takes the effort to work in the open because there is a return to be had from that investment. When other companies adopt Hapi, Walmart expects their internal implementations will lead them to improve the code to better suit their needs. Since the majority of these improvements are likely to be integral to the code in the commons, any rational actor will make pull requests attempting to have their work integrated in the project trunk.
"Of course -- otherwise, the team making the changes would be eternally burdened with the need to refactor and test their changes each time the trunk is updated. "
It's clear that there is a population of softie shills whose daily duty is to respond to articles like this one. I like this post in particular:
"Daily list of William.Farrel alteregos everyone:
It is not ridiculous.
You are beneath contempt, and Microsoft's extortion racket is beginning to encounter some pushback. It is only the beginning.
"I'm also all for Microsoft putting Android to good use where possible. After all, it's almost their property at this point."
It's no mystery to me why you feel the need to spread misinformation about everything.
Incidentally, I'm not aware that being a Windows developer has ever been considered a qualification for being an advocate of Windows. Why, then, would being a Linux developer be a qualification for being a Linux advocate?
"...Linux hasn't been adopted in the real world."
But Linux emphatically HAS been adopted in the real world. It runs most of the world's stock exchanges, nearly all of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a large fraction of the world's web servers; and, in the guise of Android, it has over a Billion (with a B) individual users. It is the basis of everything Google does. Etc.
It hasn't displaced Microsoft's position in the desktop market, true. But if you think think "the desktop" is "the real world" I'd suggest you do some serious soul-searching.
The wally-bot seems to have deleted one of its own rants, one that made it appear particularly stupid. That confirms my previously held opinion of the bot -- that it is rather sophisticated, as bots go, but still pretty stupid as people go. It takes a rather high level of processing for a bot to reach the conclusion that it looks stupid. Takes what might almost be called self-awareness.
The deletion had the unfortunate side effect of deleting my response, which I thought was particularly apt.
"This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft's feature phone product lines and the Asha phones product lines."
Learn to read, stupid.
Good point. :) As I've said several times, Microsoft's basic strategic motive is to hurt competitors, not to benefit the customer (though the customer may sometimes benefit incidentatlly).
"We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia," Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said.
Learn to read, stupid.
They are over 80% of smartphones being sold. Microsoft phones are down around 2% or so.
Get over it.
In the worldwide Internet market, Firefox still ranks just below Internet Explorer in usage share, while Opera is barely above 1%. So it would have made more sense, objectively, to choose Firefox over Opera. But that was not done. Why not? Undoubtedly because acknowledging Firefox in that way simply would have been too bitter a pill for Microsoft management.
"OSLO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Norwegian software maker Opera has signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit, Opera said on Thursday.
" "We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia," Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. "This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft's feature phone product lines and the Asha phones product lines."
"The deal will be profitable from the start, he added."
Don't get me wrong. Opera is a fine browser. The joke is on Microsoft, finally having to acknowledge somebody else's browser, instead of its own.
How to recognize Gates: He's the wimpy guy who spends all his spare time playing poker in the dorm. Don't tell him anything you don't want him to use against you. But he has a smart older friend with big ideas.
True enough. But I suspect what he could tell them about that doesn't generalize very far: Be sure to make friends with Bill Gates at Harvard. Before Gates drops out...