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Microsoft ponies up driver code; VMware backs Chrome

IT channel news for July 21, 2009

Microsoft ponies up device driver code to Linux world

Microsoft continued its push to engage the Linux community Monday with the release of 20,000 lines of device driver code under the GPLv2 license. This is the first time Microsoft has used this license, which is a favorite in the Linux world.

The immediate goal is to enable Linux to run as a virtual machine atop Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, Tom Hanrahan, director of Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center (OSTC), said in a Q&A posted to Microsoft's press site.

VMware to back Chrome OS play

VMware Inc. intends to support Google Chrome OS as one of the many guest operating systems it can virtualize.

"VMware will welcome Google Chrome OS to the family of desktop OSes as another choice for running specialized applications when it's available," said Raj Mallempati, VMware group product manager, desktop business unit, in a statement to

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