Microsoft joins Linux business?? Take Two

So yesterday I knew the future would tell us if Linux/OSS world would benefit or get harmed with this Microsoft/Novell deal; I just didn’t realize that “this future” would come in the next day.

Even that this is just a big conspiracy theory here are two opinions that I find a lot interesting: Miguel de Icaza (well known OSS hacker and Novell’s employee, via his personal blog) and Tom Wickline (WINE lead developer, via The Inquirer) express their own thought about it, but pay attention to the fact that different points are discussed.
As a “paused” .NET developer, specially over Novell’s Mono (free .NET implementation that runs on Windows, Linux, MacOS ando others), I’m greatly interested in seeing what Microsoft might bring to this great project, but as a Linux/OSS enthusiast I’m scared about what can happen if Mr. Tom Wickline is right once that things point already to a possible step back on ODF support by Novell in favor of OfficeXML.
You can find another very interesting opinion at Luis Villa‘s blog.

Weekend’s bookshelf
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)
EasyMock provides Mock Objects for interfaces in JUnit tests by generating them on the fly using Java’s proxy mechanism. EasyMock is a perfect fit for Test-Driven Development. (I’ll blog about this and other Java-oriented technologies I’m starting working with in a near future).


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