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Microsoft Funds Apache

Microsoft, one of the biggest rivals to open-source programming, has begun funding the Apache Software Foundation, one of open-source software's biggest supporters.

"Microsoft is becoming a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation. This sponsorship will enable the ASF to pay administrators and other support staff so that ASF developers can focus on writing great software," said Sam Ramji, a senior director of platform strategy at Microsoft. He announced the move Friday in a speech at the Open Source Convention, and noted Microsoft's support of Apache on the software company's Port 25 blog as well.
Apache still leads Microsoft for Web server software market share. But the Apache Software Foundation has many more projects than just that early leader.

Apache still leads Microsoft for Web server software market share. But the Apache Software Foundation has many more projects than just that early leader.

Obviously one might think this an opportune moment to cue up the soundtracks of record needles screeching and cars crashing into each other; hold your horses.

For one thing, some within Microsoft have for years been making various encouraging words about open-source software, even though others have engaged in serious trash-talking. The company has no apparent desire to let the programming world have its way with Windows, as is possible with Linux, but Microsoft has been trying to make nice in some circles.

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flexbox3603407d ago

most people hate MS so much...but they still use windows xp and vista. if u really have something against MS u should be using Linux (which is free) or Mac os.

ExcelKnight3406d ago

While it's possible to move away from Microsoft, most people who truly despise them have already moved on and gone over to Mac or Linux.

The rest of the people whining are usually the ones too lazy to switch over or the ones who can't due to their work requiring it anyway. Since 80-90% of companies use Windows on their computers, it's hard to evade Microsoft completely.

Tmac3406d ago

I'm almost there, I'm pretty ready to start using ubuntu.

mirroredderorrim3406d ago

There is double pasted text in the article.

"Apache still leads Microsoft for Web server software market share. But the Apache Software Foundation has many more projects than just that early leader. "

deathray3406d ago

ms CAN only have one objective in this and that is to ruin it. this is bad news

Destroyer2293406d ago

i can't really blame microsoft for not really being open to open source especially when theres so much competition why would they release there windows XP code or windows vista code (i'm all for vista being released maybe someone can fix it) they'd just lose all of their secrets to another company. imagine if linux used the windows xp code and put it into there own.