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15 September 2009, 08:48

Microsoft says "We are working on our Linux drivers"

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Microsoft has denied that it has stopped work on the Hyper-V drivers for Linux that it released in July. Greg Kroah-Hartman had noted in a recent status report on the state of Linux drivers that Microsoft had not responded to the over 200 patches that had been created to clean up Microsoft's code. This was reported as Microsoft apparently abandoning the drivers in some media, although Kroah-Hartman pointed out that the status reports are designed to remind companies about the progress of their drivers in the Linux kernel staging branch.

Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Open Source guru, has now said in an interview that Microsoft are "continuing to work hard" on the drivers and that they have been spending the last weeks, integrating and testing the 200 patches. "This is the work of a number of full-time engineers, both in the Open Source Technology Center and the Windows Server Virtualisation Engineering Team". Other comments from Microsoft spokespeople pointed out that the person responsible for managing the drivers had been travelling in Europe "meeting with various OSS constituencies and customers". The drivers are scheduled for inclusion with Linux 2.6.32, which is about to start its development cycle after last weeks release of Linux 2.6.31.


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