Microsoft/Linux milestones

Microsoft has had a checkered past with both Linux and its open source GPL licensing structure

Microsoft Monday made an historic move by submitting device drivers to the Linux kernel under a GPLv2 license.

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1998

Internal Microsoft "Halloween memos" attacking Linux leak out.

2001

May -- Craig Mundie, Microsoft senior vice president, says the GPL poses a threat to the intellectual property of any organization making use of it.

June -- CEO Steve Ballmer one-ups Mundie, calling Linux a "cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works."

2002

May -- Then-Microsoft chairman Bill Gates equates the GPL to anti-capitalism at a Government Leaders' Conference in Seattle.

2003

Microsoft begins its Get the Facts campaign extolling virtues of Windows over Linux. The campaign is disbanded in 2007.

2004

November -- Ballmer says Windows provides better intellectual property indemnification than its open source rivals.

2005

September -- An oblivious recruiter sends vocal open source advocate Eric Raymond an e-mail pitch seeking his interest in a position at Microsoft

2006

March -- Microsoft opens Port 25, which is billed as an open source community at Microsoft

June -- Microsoft begins hosting Codeplex, a Web storage site for developers.

November -- Microsoft and Novell enter business and technology partnership to provide integration between Linux and Windows, including a joint interoperability lab in Cambridge, Mass.

2007

May -- Microsoft claims Linux and open source violates 235 of its patents.

2008

July -- Microsoft makes $100,000 investment in Apache Foundation to become one of only three Platinum sponsors of the Apache Foundation (Yahoo and Google are the others).

July -- Microsoft makes first code contribution to PHP, a patch to ADOdb, a data access layer for PHP.

2009

July -- Microsoft submits device driver source code for inclusion in the Linux kernel under a GPLv2 license.

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